CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS COME TO A CLOSE
In January 2009, Parson Street Primary School was in the news as it celebrated its 100th birthday. Hundreds of pupils, parents, staff and governors, past and present, descended upon the school to celebrate a century of life and learning at Parson Street. Pupils attended school in Edwardian costume for the week and the Headteacher, Mark Lacey, prowled the corridor in gown and mortar board, armed with the obligatory cane!
Six months on and the school is now bringing its centenary celebrations to a close this Friday afternoon with an Edwardian Tea Party that will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Bristol. He will arrive to unveil three commemorative items created by pupils at the school since January. A local artist has created a stained glass window that will be displayed in the entrance area of the school. Pupils have worked closely with the school’s Teachers’ Assistant Mari Stott to create a huge permanent mural in the school’s hall that depicts 100 years of life at Parson Street. Finally a plaque has been installed in the school’s Friendship Garden recognising the fact that a time capsule was buried in the school grounds containing items chosen by the children to represent life in 2009.
Following the unveiling, pupils will sit on rugs and blankets across the school grounds, dressed once again in Edwardian costume, eating scones and jam, whilst sipping soft drinks and watching their fellow pupils carry out country dancing routines. It promises to be a fitting end to their celebrations.
During the centenary celebrations the school has been inundated with contact from past pupils across the world and countless items of memorabilia, most of which are now displayed on the school website at www.parsonstreet.com/centenary.asp. This has created a priceless learning resource for children over the next 100 years.
The school has also published a special book that remembers the last 100 years and copies are available at a cost of £3.50 through the school office or by calling the school on 0117 903 0226.
Deputy Headteacher Louise Hopcroft, responsible for organising centenary events said: ‘This has been a fabulous year at Parson Street. We have shared so many memories and know that our children have enjoyed learning more about what life was like for children at Parson Street over the years. They have had such a great time talking to people who have made up so much of the history of the school. We are very proud of our heritage and of all those people who have contributed towards making Parson Street the great place that it is today.’
Parson Street Primary School,
Bedminster Road, Bedminster,
Bristol, BS3 5NR