Abbots Farm Junior School turns back clock to celebrate golden jubilee

Abbots Farm Junior School Abbotts Way, Rugby, celebrated it's 50th birthday recently, and staged various activities to celebrate the event.
Abbots Farm Junior School Abbotts Way, Rugby, celebrated it's 50th birthday recently, and staged various activities to celebrate the event.

EVERYONE at Abbots Farm Junior School took a trip through the past half century to mark the school’s 50th anniversary.

On Friday, January 6, the fashions of 60s 70s 80s and 90s were on show as each year group will be learning about the cultural and technological events of their topic decade.

Some loft and cupboard rummaging from teachers and parents unearthed some period artefacts from giant mobile phones to the Top Gun soundtrack on vinyl.

Headteacher Sharon Farrell said: “The children and parents have done a great job because there’s some fantastic costumes.

“The staff and pupils are really excited and it’s a great start to a new year.”

The three-day event saw children taking part in painting, mosaic and drama workshops.

Parents were invited to a birthday assembly on Friday to see the paintings and a performance that travelled through the decades.

A mosaic that all the pupils have had some part in creating will be put up on the playground wall later in the term.

Some 280 cakes with the school’s logo were laid out in a giant number 50 before they were handed out after the assembly and each child was presented with a special money box as a memento.

The school was opened by its first headteacher, Peter Brierley, on January 8, 1962, and Year Three teacher Denise Beech has always had some involvement with the school.

She said: “It’s hard to believe that the school’s been here so long and it hasn’t changed that much. I was a pupil here, my children came here and since September I teach here.”