Primary marks centenery with 100 photos - and 100 good deeds

Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, is celebrating its 100th birthday
Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, is celebrating its 100th birthday

Carr Green Primary School is celebrating its centenary.

The Rastrick school which has been in Carr Green Lane for the 100 years is organising a range of activities to celebrate.

Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, is celebrating its 100th birthday

Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, is celebrating its 100th birthday

It’s centenary was officially back in September but the school decided to celebrate it now so that it didn’t conincide with the celebrations for Rastrick Library which was at the same time.

A centenary blog has been set up at http://carrgreen.edublogs.org/ asking for people who have any connections with the school in any shape of form over the last 100 years.

They can be former pupils or staff members, delivery people, crossing patrols or businesspeople that came into contact with the school. They want to hear their memories and experiences at the school.

Deputy head Paul Mashinter said one pupil had said how she used to go home for her lunchbreak and would often call at a sweet shop at the end of the lane. “It is people like this that we want to hear from too,” he said.

Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, is celebrating its 100th birthday

Carr Green Primary School, Rastrick, is celebrating its 100th birthday

Mr Mashinter has already found a family where all four generations attended the school. Nellie Berry, 97, her daughter Elaine Farrar, her son Mark Farrar and his youngest son Alfie aged seven who is still at the school.

There will be 100 faces of Carr Green, which will include all four generations above. Their photographs will be takne by the children along with staff, people currently involved with the school as well as people from the past. This part of the celebrations will be funded by a £1,500 grant from Rastrick Big Local.

It is hoped that the exhibition will be on show at Brighouse Civic Hall, churches and finish at Rastrick Library.

The children will be doing 100 good deeds for the community which will be collected on their good deed tree which is placed in reception at the school. This can be anything from doing artwork for the doctors surgery to organising a teadance and litter picking.

In partnership with the Safer Cleaner Greener Team the green team at the school has planted 100 daffodils within the school grounds and on grass verges in Carr Green Drive, Fletcher Crescent and Carr Green Lane. They were then all tasked with designing a 100 years logo. The winner of the competition was 11-year-old Holly Knowles.

A drawing competition is underway as well where pupils have been asked to draw landmark buildings in Brighouse and Rastrick such as the libraries or Sugden’s. They will then be erected on to a double garage door at the school to make a big picture of the area.

There is a timeline at the school of all the former headteachers and memorable dates such as when the junior and infant schools combined in 1975, when the nursery opened in 1992 and when the building was refurbished in 2008/09.

The year will culminate with a village fete in September, a date yet to be arranged, at the school grounds. Mr Mashinter said: “We are keen to make it into something of a village fete so people can show produce and rides for the children and people can come and sell locally grown stuff. A lot of planning is going into organising all of the events.”

A link with Rastrick History Group has been set up and they plan to apply for another bid so they can do a history trail.

If people are interested in getting involved they should either visit the blog or contact the school. “We would be delighted if any old pupils that would like to come and have a supervised tour of the school then get in touch with us and we would be more than willing.”

l The school can be contacted on 01484 715969.