Happy Birthday Padnell Infants School!
This year we, along with the Juniors next door, are celebrating 50 years of education.
The school was opened on January 9, 1963.
And to mark the occasion, all of our pupils made an effort to dress up in 1960s gear.
We went with the 60s theme so children and staff had to go and research what people wore in the 60s. It was a fun day.
We had a special birthday assembly for the school.
A member of staff had a Powerpoint presentation for the children to think about what life was like back in 1963.
The biggest thing they noticed was that it snowed a lot in 1963.
Melanie Hawkins (nee Armes), a learning support assistant at the school, has been working here for many years. She’s special because she was the first named pupil on the register in 1963.
She was the first pupil ever to have been enrolled in the school.
I think that’s fantastic. It’s incredible to have somebody from that era who was a child at the time who has wanted to have a part in the school.
The children have done quite a bit of research about what was happening in that era.
They looked at music at the time. They looked at toys that were popular in the 60s including the talking Barbie.
We also looked at weather conditions that were in the news.
Back then, children were sent home from school so that they weren’t at risk of getting snowed in.
They have heard a lot about what things were like and how significant the snow was.
They also played games that were popular in the 60s.
I think it’s important for children to understand different generations.
They can get so caught up in music of our time that it’s about broadening their horizons and getting them to see what their country was like then.
It’s interesting to see what’s the same for that period, and what’s different.
The children were fascinated by the fact that the school trees, which are enormous now, didn’t exist then.
The children love any opportunity to dress up but I think it’s been even more enjoyable because it’s been a celebration of the fact that the school has existed for 50 years.
It’s a good school and it continues to serve the community well.
It’s been quite an exciting celebration for them to know that the school has been here for quite a long period and hopefully it will remain for another 50 years.