A SUCCESSFUL Ofsted inspection rounded off Gorse Hall Primary’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
“It was been a fabulous year and when we were reinspected in September and the outcome was ‘good’ it fitted in perfectly with the birthday,” explained headteacher Alexandra Flood.
It has been a momentous year in which pupils have become experts of the Swinging Sixties when the school was built.
While the birthday took place in September, events were held throughout the year, though many were during the summer term.
They included a 1960s themed week which looked at that decade as a whole.
“We had a dress-up day in which children and staff wore 1960s clothing and sang songs from that period,” explained Miss Flood.
One of the highlights was the creation of the school’s anniversary garden that was designed by ideas from the children.
The opening ceremony took place at the annual garden party opened by Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, and Cllr David Sweeton.
Pupils made a striking ‘50’ motif from coloured fruit shoot bottles, with each of the 450 children providing one.
There was also an afternoon tea party as former teachers, staff and pupils were invited along with members of the Gorse Hall community. Children explained to them what activities had taken place.
Gorse Hall Primary, as usual, also had a float in Stalybridge Carnival and this year’s theme was obviously the 50 years of the school.
Later there was their harvest festival, with donations supporting Stalybridge foodbank.
And the final event of the year was the Christmas carol service and nativity by key stage two children.
There were five performances at school and one at Holy Trinity as the school has forged close ties with the town centre church.
Miss Flood added that the children have an important say in events at school through their three bodies – school council, eco committee and African committee.
They have forged links with an African orphanage.
And Miss Flood reflected on a year that will live long in the memory.
She said: “The school’s motto is ‘by working together the possibilities are endless’.
“That has been encapsulated by the team work during the year that we pride ourselves on.”