125 up! School celebrates a milestone birthday

Friday, 23rd July 2021 — By Caitlin Tilley

Hungerford Primary at 125_5686

Councillor Jason Jackson, headteacher Jo Stephens, Deputy Mayor Marian Spall and chair of governors Stuart Lester are joined at the party by some of the pupils. Photos: Daniel Jamieson

A SCHOOL marked its 125th anniversary with art, stories and play­ground performances on Wednesday.

Students, parents and teachers at Hungerford Primary, off York Way, gathered outside in the summery weather to watch an animated play put on by Year 6 about the school’s history.

Earlier in the day, younger pupils researched classrooms and painted backdrops for the performance.
Years 3 and 4 looked at symbols from the First World War to the 1970s and printed them on polystyrene tiles, while Year 2 made their own versions of Victorian games and toys.

Reception and Year 1 children looked at photos, created place mats showing their past and present, and made snacks out of fruit.

Headteacher Jo Stephens said: “I am incredibly proud to lead a school with such a long, rich history, and to be able to celebrate it as a whole school today.”

She added: “It has been even more meaningful with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions earlier this week.

“I hope that today’s events not only provide our pupils with a fun day to reflect on their school’s heritage, but also with an opportunity to think about how their past and present informs their own futures.”

Dr Penny Barratt OBE, chief executive of The Bridge London Trust, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to properly celebrate the incredible milestone after what has been an undeniably challenging and historic year.”

Maddox, 11, who is in Year 6, said: “Today means a lot to me because it’s the quasquicentennial of the school and it’s also my last day at Hungerford.

“Me and my class put on a play and we made cupcakes – that was my favourite bit.”

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