50th anniversary news
Rugby Infant School Proudly Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Leamington Hastings is a small infant school and nursery on the road between Dunchurch and Southam. It has a proud tradition of serving the local community stretching back to 1840 when the first school was opened on the site. The new school was built in 1951 and on Wednesday 16th November it celebrated its 50th anniversary with both ceremony and exciting activities.
The Venerable Ian Watson, Arch Deacon of Coventry and the local Priest, Revd. Jane Close officiated at the rededication of the school and a speech of welcome was delivered by the Head Teacher, Mrs Rose Plumbley. “It was a wonderful occasion.” enthused Mrs Plumbley “We are so lucky to have such a supportive school community including governors, parents, pupils and local residents, both past and present!”
Amongst previous members of staff who attended the occasion were Miss Bartlett who was Head Teacher between 1988 and 1993 and Mrs Eckland, Head from 2004 to 2009. A special tribute was paid to a long serving governor when the outdoor classroom on the site was renamed in his honour as the ‘Dr Alec Parker Building’. Dr Parker served as a governor at Leamington Hastings for 40 years, half of that time as Chairman, and he is still a dedicated supporter of the school.
As the light faded after the rededication ceremony, the children released 50 golden balloons and then the party really began on a playground garlanded with lights and bunting. A barbecue provided the refreshments and music from the decades kept everyone entertained. Children’s activities included face painting and making special keepsake boxes and there was even a visit from Sesame Street’s own ‘Elmo’. An exhibition in the Parish Hall next door displayed school memorabilia going back over the past 100 years, proving especially popular with past pupils and staff who were able to relive happy memories of their own days at the school.
Staff, governors and pupils at the school all received a present of a special anniversary mug, designed by Year 1 pupil Morgan King, to remind them of a very special day. One past pupil commented “It was such a wonderful occasion! The children were so well behaved and sang their school song beautifully. We didn’t sing songs like that in my day!”