Fifty years of memories at Buckley school

Published date: 16 January 2014 |
Published by: Rebecca Lopuc
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A PRIMARY school is celebrating half a century of education with teachers, pupils and families by burying a time capsule.

Mountain Lane Primary School in Buckley is planning a series of events to mark its five decades of existence.

Pupils will be filling the time capsule with items to celebrate the school's rich history and they will also help plant a tree to mark the milestone.

A special service on January 27 will take place on the big 50th birthday.

Headteacher Iona Walker said: “It is a very special time in our school’s history and we are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of the school over the last 50 years.”

Items to be buried in the capsule include scrapbooks, school ties, the school’s Ollie the Owl mascot, newspapers and ‘This is Me’ drawings, made especially for the occasion.

The primary school opened under its first headteacher John Clifford Jones on January 27, 1964, with 194 pupils and eight members of staff.

Since then there have been three headteachers – Harry Roberts, Hefin Parry and Mrs Walker – and the school today has 458 pupils and 63 members of staff.

Buckley councillor Mike Peers, who is chairman of governors at the school and one of its original pupils, said: “I’ve had a 50 year association with the school.

“It’s always been part of the community and I am looking forward to looking back over the 50 years.

“Mountain Lane has a fine record for academic and extra curricular activities.”

Significant achievements by the school include being crowned Gymnastic British Floor and Vault Champions in 1990 as well as being three-time silver medallists.

The school received the Prince of Wales Award in 1994, presented by Prince Charles himself.

Drama has always been a central thread at the school and pupils have put on a variety of productions over the years such as Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and The Wind in the Willows.

The children have already started their celebrations with a 1960s-themed picnic held during the summer term.

The school is holding an open day on January 25, when members of the public can visit and celebrate its achievements.Photographs of the school will be on display as well as some of the children's work.

For further information about the events call 01244 550688.

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