Kirkby’s Kingsway Primary School celebrates 100 years of education

NMAC11-1880-4''Pupils at Kingsway Primary School in Kirkby wore period clothing from the early 1900's and wrote on old fashioned chalkboards as part of the schools centenary year celebrations on Wednesday. Pictured from the left are;  Jack Halligan 11, Emmie Bradshaw 10, Phoebe Killeen 11, Leanne Hardy 10 and Thomas Ingram 11.
NMAC11-1880-4''Pupils at Kingsway Primary School in Kirkby wore period clothing from the early 1900's and wrote on old fashioned chalkboards as part of the schools centenary year celebrations on Wednesday. Pictured from the left are; Jack Halligan 11, Emmie Bradshaw 10, Phoebe Killeen 11, Leanne Hardy 10 and Thomas Ingram 11.
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STAFF, youngsters, ex-pupils and parents from Kingsway Primary School in Kirkby got the chance to step back in time this week as they celebrated their landmark 100th anniversary.

The week of festivities, which began on 11th July, was an opportunity for the children to meet former pupils from the school and find out what life was like there for previous generations.

Speaking this week, head teacher Kate Burns said: “They spoke to the children about life at Kingsway in different eras.

“They (the pupils) found it absolutely fascinating and asked lots of questions.

“The children were phenomenal and took everything onboard.”

To celebrate the landmark year, a centenary plaque was unveiled, while visitors were invited to share their own memories and the pupils buried a time capsule for future generations.

There was also a street party for the parents and children along with opportunities to dress up in Edwardian costume.

Ms Burns said: “They loved dressing up.

“They were extremely well supported by the parents and the children were so excited by it.”

In addition, youngsters got to find out what lessons were like when the school was founded in 1911. A bell signalled the start of the day and they spent their time at school writing on chalkboards and following some of the strict rules.

Ms Burns said: “It was really interesting. The children had to stand up when I walked into the classroom and we checked for cleanliness of shoes and hands.”

They also played traditional games and even had a go at making their own hobby horses with an artist.

“They played games from across the decades and they just loved it. It was good fun for them to see what it was actually like,” Ms Burns added.

The busy week culminated in the school’s summer fair which included a mix of vintage and modern games and attractions, including a Punch and Judy show, tricycle ice-cream man, as well as many other activities and demonstrations.

Pupils also put together their own displays documenting the years between 1911 and 2011 and each year group presenting a different decade, which they had researched and assembled.

Meanwhile, Ms Burns has thanked everyone who donated old photographs and memorabilia which were used during the week to bring the past to life.

She says: “Thank-you for all the donations - there were photos and all sorts which was very generous.”