Fareham junior school goes back to the sixties to celebrate five decades

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CELEBRATING 50 years is a big milestone, so when St Jude’s School hit the big day they marked it in style.

Pupils and teachers got dressed up in their best 1960s garb for the occasion, having spent the past week learning about different aspects of life in that decade.

LOOKING GOOD! From left, Jasmine Stagg, Harry Wright, Archie Topping and Abi Brzuszczak in 60s fancy dress to celebrate 50 years at  St Jude's School in Fareham. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150734-110)

LOOKING GOOD! From left, Jasmine Stagg, Harry Wright, Archie Topping and Abi Brzuszczak in 60s fancy dress to celebrate 50 years at St Jude's School in Fareham. Picture: Allan Hutchings (150734-110)

All their hard work went into a open day for the public – including past pupils and teachers – to find out more.

Alex Holyer and his class in Year 2 spent the week studying childhood in the 1960s.

The seven-year-old said: ‘The toys were totally different. They had different rollerskates and cars and they had no computer games and only two TV channels.’

His brother Charlie, nine, and his Year 4 class, spent the week preparing a dance to perform in front of mayor of Fareham David Norris.

Charlie said: ‘We researched The Beatles – they were a brill band.

‘But my best bit was dancing in front of the mayor. We danced to Twist and Shout and Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys.’

Headteacher Sarah Wall, said she was delighted to see the celebration being received so well.

Mrs Wall said: ‘They had an enjoyable time. They immersed themselves in the topic and produced some fantastic displays.’

Veronica Roberts, one of the governors at St Jude’s, who helped organise the day, said it was important to celebrate as opening the school was such an achievement.

Mrs Roberts said: ‘People wanted this school so badly that when the government refused to pay for it the parish actually raised the money and paid for it all themselves.’

Friends of the school even knitted dolls to represent all the children at the school.

And the celebrations carry on all month, with a service at Portsmouth Cathedral on May 22, followed by a street party with a hog roast.