Getting ready to celebrate our school

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NORTHERN Parade Schools have been very much part of the community since 1933, writes associate headteacher Jackie Smith.

The building has seen many changes of usage over the years since we opened.

It was commandeered by the services during the Second World War and linked to Paultons Park where 15 of its pupils went on to be evacuated.

We have got lots planned to celebrate our 80th anniversary this year.

To honour this event the pupils in year groups have chosen a decade each to research.

They will be discovering what life was like in our school at that time.

All information will be put together in a book to have pride of place in the front office for everyone to see and share.

The children have already started asking their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about their memories of the school.

We have log books, photo albums, newspaper cuttings and artefacts in the school that pupils will use to help piece together our story.

On May 24, both the Junior and Infant school will come together to finalise this event.

There will be lots of singing, music and there will be a shared lunch too.

Each year group will dress up in the era they have chosen to explore.

The school is also hoping to find the longest-surviving pupil.

We would like to hear from anyone who might be able to help us and point us in the right direction.

Please give us a call on (023) 9266 2129 if you think you might be able to help us to find out more about the history of our school.