The circus comes to school

22/7/2011 (CB) ''St Francis School in Fareham celebrated their 40th anniversary on Friday 22nd July 2011 with a circus activity day.''Pictured is: Christian Clinch (13) enjoying the celebrations.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112592-5538)
22/7/2011 (CB) ''St Francis School in Fareham celebrated their 40th anniversary on Friday 22nd July 2011 with a circus activity day.''Pictured is: Christian Clinch (13) enjoying the celebrations.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112592-5538)
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THERE was plenty of clowning around as pupils past and present helped a special needs school celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Children at St Francis Special School in Oldbury Way, Fareham, got to take part in a day of circus skills such as plate spinning, juggling and clowning, as well as enjoying cakes made to mark the occasion.

Previous teachers and families were invited back to join in the fun.

Titchfield Primary School’s steel pan band provided the music.

Headteacher Steve Hollinghurst said: ‘Before 1971 we were part of the health service as these children weren’t deemed to be teachable, so this is an important occasion for us.

‘This was one of the best days we’ve had here.

‘It was great to have the old students and their families come along as well as some of the staff who used to work here, and it was just really fun.

‘The children really enjoyed it, having a go at all the circus skills.’

After the circus skills there was a 70s-themed disco, featuring plenty of fancy dress from the adults – finishing appropriately with Alice Cooper’s School’s Out.

The celebrations were made possible through a £2,000 grant from the William Price charitable trust.