Teachers go back in time for school’s milestone birthday

(left to right) Madame Parmentier, Head of Languages, Miss Kyrie Wallis Head of Design and Technology, Miss Lucy Rushton Head of Business Studies, Shirley Sliwinski  French teacher, Caroline Fradley from The Support Base, and Chris Dyer Technology Technician   Picture: Malcolm Wells (123244-6147)
(left to right) Madame Parmentier, Head of Languages, Miss Kyrie Wallis Head of Design and Technology, Miss Lucy Rushton Head of Business Studies, Shirley Sliwinski French teacher, Caroline Fradley from The Support Base, and Chris Dyer Technology Technician Picture: Malcolm Wells (123244-6147)
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IMAGINE turning up to school to find your teacher dressed in 1970s flares or the headteacher holding a cane.

For pupils at Mayfield School that was exactly what happened yesterday as they were transported back in time to mark the school’s 80th birthday.

The school based in North End opened on the site back in 1932 when it was called Northern Grammar School. And to mark the occasion, staff at the school dressed up in clothes from different eras.

They also taught the children the way they would have been taught over the decades.

It ranged from pre-war times when the school opened, to the hippy era of the 1970s, to the perms of the 1980s.

David Jeapes, headteacher, was dressed all in black as a 1930s head, complete with an old fashioned hat and a cane.

He said: ‘What’s nice about this is that the staff are doing this voluntarily. Every member of staff has got involved.

‘We are very proud of the fact that we have been around for 80 years. It really just seemed right given that we are going through such a period of change and improvement to use the 80th birthday as a way of pulling the community together.’

The school even marked its role in the Second World War. Finance officer Jeff Williams dressed as a home guard, PE teachers dressed as 1940s golfers and there was a 1940s nurse.

Mr Jeapes added: ‘The Mayfield school during the war was an integral part of the local government infrastructure. Ration books were issued from the school and there was a bomb shelter under the stage.’

Carlos Lopez teaches Spanish and French. He was dressed as a hippy from the 1960s.

He said: ‘I am trying to get into the spirit of that time. The students think it’s cool. I am using the time to explain about Spanish culture in the 1960s.’

French teacher Shirley Sliwinski was also dressed as a hippy.

She said: ‘I think it’s good fun. It’s created such a big buzz around the school.’

Kyrie Wallis, head of DT, was celebrating the 1980s. She said: ‘The kids have been really fascinated by it all. So many of the teachers have joined in.’