Golden time to celebrate anniversary of Buckley school

Published date: 29 January 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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FORMER pupils and teachers flocked to a primary school to celebrate five decades of education.

Mountain Lane Primary School in Buckley celebrated its 50th anniversary this week, with members of the public visiting the school and celebrating its’ achievements.

Visitors were given the chance to take a trip down memory lane - with old photographs and memorabilia on display.

School secretary Helen Williams said: “We had some old staff giving us a ring and offering to bring in their memorabilia. It’s brilliant to be able to celebrate this milestone.”

Helen said some fascinating items were collected – including the last entry in the headteacher’s logbook from Lane School, the facility that closed when Mountain Lane school opened its doors.

Several dignitaries were in attendance, including Lord Barry Jones of Deeside and his wife Lady Janet Jones, as well as the chairman of governors Cllr Mike Peers.

On Monday, pupils planted a number of trees to mark the anniversary and replace some planted years ago by former pupils.

At the event, guest David Urquhart, a former pupil who had planted one of the original trees, watched his grandchidren, who are current students at the school, plant a tree.

Mr Urquhart, who still lives in Buckley, watched on as six-year-old Charlie and three-year-old Bobby dug a new plot for a tree.

He said: “It was a very proud moment.

“I was there from the start when the school opened. You don’t think that you’re going to go back there for this sort of celebration.

“I didn’t know there was a photo of me planting the tree.”

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 Iona Walker – and the school today has 458 pupils and 63 members of staff.

Mrs Walker said it was a “very special time in the school’s history”.

The school is planning to bury a time capsule at a later date, with items including scrapbooks, school ties, the school’s Ollie the Owl mascot, newspapers and ‘This is Me’ drawings, made especially for the occasion, set to be buried.

The school has had a number of significant achievements in its past, including receiving the Prince of Wales Award in 1994, which was presented by Prince Charles himself.

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  1. Posted by: Tullynessle at 02:06 on 30 January 2014 Report

    Must have lost my invitation in the post...again!

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