Pupils celebrate Hillock Primary School’s centenary

Pupils at Hilocks school in Sutton celebrate the schools 100th anniversary by inviting former staff and pupils to their class lesson. Pictured is former Head Roger Tollervey right and Anne Acton former pupil left

Pupils at Hilocks school in Sutton celebrate the schools 100th anniversary by inviting former staff and pupils to their class lesson. Pictured is former Head Roger Tollervey right and Anne Acton former pupil left

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CHILDREN from a Sutton primary school are set to travel back in to and find out about what like was like 100 years ago.

Hillocks Primary School, on Unwin Road, is marking its centenary this year with a week of celebrations for pupils, staff, parents, ex-pupils and members of the public.

As part of the occasion, the youngsters will be dressing up in early 20th Century-style clothes.

They will also be getting a taste of what teaching was like in 1912 - and finding out how it differed from the way lessons are taught today.

In the lead up to the centenary week, the children have carried out a series of history projects.

Head teacher Louise Regan said: “We have been looking at the decades leading up to now, from 1912 to 2012.

“Each year has been looking at a different decade and we will be doing work around 1912.

“We will be coming dressed in costume on Wednesday and they will be doing schooling as if it was 1912.

“They will be sitting in rows and working on chalkboards and they will get some experience of what it was like.”

As part of the packed week, ex-pupil Anne Acton and former head teacher Roger Tollervey visited the school to talk to the children about what life was like during their time there.

Yesterday, elderly folk in the area were invited to the school for a performance by the pupils.

The children will also be burying a time capsule for future generations to find.

The week of celebrations, which has been organised by the PTA, will culminate in the school’s Summer Fayre on which takes place between 1.30 and 3.30pm on Friday afternoon and is open to the public.

There will be a band, bouncy castle, an ice-cream van, a treasure hunt, a chocolate fountain and funds will go to the school.

The event, which takes place across the whole school, will also reflect the history of Hillocks.

“It celebrates the school,” says Mrs Regan.

“We’re going for themed things and the children are doing performances such as singing from their decade or it might be a piece of acting.”