2016 marks school’s 50th year teaching our future generation. School life began here on this site on the 25th April 1966, with Mr E Casson as the Head teacher. Back then only the junior building was in existence, and following a few official meetings, 197 children finally walked into the building on Monday 2nd May 1966. One of those 197 was 5 year old Rebecca Ferguson who started school in 1966, until she left 6 years later in 1973. Her school life had however begun 6 months previously at Cadley while Queen’s Drive’s building work was completed. She recalled in an email to Miss Webster that only the junior building was in existence. She has now progressed to be a senior lecturer at the Open University in Milton Keynes and regularly walks past school as her parents still live in the area.
Log books were the common way to record events in school back in 1966. We still have the originals and they have revealed much about how school life was conducted, and in particular how the school was managed by the head teacher. You can see from the log book entries that school was a very different place. Mr Casson would certainly not recognise how school is run today, both in the office and in the classroom. Handwritten log books were the standard in those days and even Miss Webster, who joined school in 2004, continued this tradition with meticulous logs about the day to day life in school.
The Tea Party Celebrations – 25th July 2016
On Monday 25th July it was a very busy day here at Queen’s Drive. A drone flying over school, a tea party on the field and topped off by all the classes singing a Beatle’s song of their choice. It was a wonderful day. Many parents, family and friends joined us on the school field for the giant picnic, which many children and parents thought was very special. Another special touch was when it was announced at the end of the day that Tracy in the school kitchen had baked a cup cake for every single child in school, plus staff. Actions like this are noticed and cherished by everyone at Queen’s Drive, and it is after all the people that make Queen’s Drive such a special place.
Whilst wandering around the school field with my ipad and microphone I managed to capture some of these moments and emotions. The smiles on everybody’s faces show how much they enjoyed themselves and the podcast clips confirm this further. It would be lovely if you could take the time to look at the photos and listen to the podcast. Finally, a huge thank you to the children and parents who participated in the podcasting. You all sound great!!
Tracy – the cake lady!!
And her wonderful cakes….
The hard work has been going on for several weeks, yarn bombing and 50th displays.
Tea Party on the field with our families.
We had lunch with a difference on Monday at school. To end our academic year on a high we held our 50th anniversary tea party on the school field surrounded by our families. Not only did I capture the fun on camera but I also spoke to some very enthusiatic children and enthusiastic parents about how much they were enjoying our special lunch together. I think it is safe to say that everyone had a wonderful time.
Whilst wandering around the school field I got the chance to speak to children and parents about how they felt about the day.
Next it was time for the classes to sing their Beatle’s songs.
All the classes did a brilliant job…listen and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Foundation Stage – ‘Under the Sea’
Year One – ‘Love Me Do’
Year Two – ‘Yellow Submarine’
Year Three & Six ‘Here Comes the Sun’
Year Four – ‘Obladi, Oblada’
Year Five – ‘Help’
Some final photos of the children get ready for their big singing moment.
And finally, Miss Webster thanking all our fantastic parents and families for joining us.