A VERY special tree took root in the grounds of a school that has changed its name to reflect its community.
Pompey legend Linvoy Primus and the deputy mayor of Havant Cllr Gerry Shimbart did the honours at Mill Hill Primary, formerly known as Waite End, in Waterlooville.
They were joined by happy pupils and members past and present of the school celebrating two successive years of excellent exam results.
Headteacher Diane Lawry said: ‘It was an absolutely fantastic day and it was lovely to see so many people who came along – we even had the niece of this school’s first headteacher.
‘This is an exciting new era for our school. We have all worked hard to turn it into a good school that ourl community would be proud of and that is what I believe we have achieved.
‘It’s a good time for us to become a more recognised part of our community particularly as we share the same campus as Mill Hill Children’s Centre and the Growing Places Nursery, which means we can provide a firm foundation for all children from birth to 11-year-olds.’
The tree was donated by Margaret Gray, who is a governor and formerly chaired the school’s governing body. She said: ‘I’m so proud of what the staff and children have achieved, donating the tree is my opportunity to mark this new era and the future success of the school.’
At the ceremony, parents and pupils were entertained with activities including face painting and experiments with new ICT equipment.
making a celebration banner and an assault course.