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Press Release 8th January 2009




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Monday 12th January 0900-0915;   Tuesday 13th January 0900-0930

Friday 16th January 0930-1130

Photos can be supplied during the week upon request.


Celebrating 100 Years!


Bristol University is not the only educational establishment celebrating its centenary this month.   On 11th January 1909, Parson Street Primary School in Bedminster opened its doors to 256 pupils for the first time and celebrations are in place to mark the occasion.   The current 450 pupils will be cutting a huge cake on Monday morning to begin the excitement as they and their teachers come to school dressed in Edwardian costume.   Headteacher Mark Lacey said: ‘I am really looking forward to coming to school in my gown and mortar board, accompanied by my cane!’

On Tuesday, the centenary will be marked by the burying of a time capsule in the school grounds containing items chosen by the children to represent life in 2009.   On Thursday parents will be invited into school to share in an open morning with the children and to observe the activities they are taking part in.

The culmination of the week’s events will be on Friday 16th January when past pupils and staff members will be coming in to tour the school, view the displays, talk to current staff and pupils and enjoy tea and cakes in the Edwardian tea room!   Hundreds of ex pupils have been contacted through social networking sites Facebook and Friends Reunited, as well as through previous coverage in the Evening Post and BBC Radio Bristol.   Pupils from over 70 years ago have been in touch and the school are expecting visitors from across the UK and as far away as Hong Kong.


Deputy Headteacher Louise Hopcroft, responsible for organising centenary events said: ‘This promises to be a great occasion in the life of our school.   We are looking forward to sharing lots of memories and really hope that our children will enjoy learning more about what life has been like for children at Parson Street over the years.   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.’

Further events planned for later in the year, when the weather is warmer, are a Street Party and Edwardian Fair.   The school is also producing a commemmorative publication which will be on sale to past and present members of the school community.


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