What a fantastic day we’ve had celebrating this landmark birthday. 70 years is an amazing achievement for a small school like ours – clearly we must have been doing something right all these years!
It’s been a day of fun, party games, nostalgia and cake! We began with an Assembly looking back at the school’s history and the atmospheric black and white photos soon had everyone mesmerized. Adding to the atmosphere were the many staff dressed up in outfits from bygone days. Then, after the first lesson, all the children from Classes 1 to 11 came together for a mass game of pass-the-parcel which was great fun. During break there was the chance to “Guess the member of staff” from childhood photos with the chance of winning a prize (this game carried on in the staffroom after school much to everyone’s amusement). Then before lunch we all made clay acorns which will be fired and go into a display. After lunch the Upper School performed a fabulous version of “Taming of the shrew” in full 60s costumes, which they have been rehearsing for the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This was attended by former staff members who had been specially invited.
After the performance, members of each class read out birthday cards from former pupils and staff. Then the birthday cake was lit and we all sang Happy Birthday, followed by cupcakes for all the pupils which were quickly devoured and appreciated. Then, thanks to the generosity and tireless organisation of the PTFA, as we headed home there were special commemorative bags and gifts for all the pupils and staff.
So, all in all, a wonderful day. And having former staff members present really added to it as a reminder of how everyone involved with Elmfield today – pupils, staff and parents – are all part of one long journey that began 70 years ago and will hopefully continue for another 70 years at least.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the day such a success. Happy Birthday Elmfield!