ST JOSEPH’S RC Primary School celebrated its golden anniversary when the school community was brought together to mark the day.
Children and staff were joined by parents/carers, governors, parishioners, past pupils and staff, and Angela Cox and Bev Slice from the Diocese of Leeds, for school mass.
To mark their 50th birthday, 50 golden balloons were released by the oldest boy and girl, and the youngest boy and girl in each class from nursery to Year 6.
Head teacher Mary Hodges, who has been at the school for four years said she hopes the school continues to have a bright future and play an important role in the community.
“The day couldn’t have been more perfect. The children stood entranced with excitement watching the balloons float away.
“Over these last four years the school building has changed with the reorganisation of the library office and staff room, the creation of a secure lobby, the installation of a trim trail, raised beds for growing vegetables, fruit and flowers. We have been awarded the Quality Mark, have the Healthy school award and last year gained the Fairtrade School Award.
“Staffing is stable and essentially the ethos of the school is the same. The children created a motto for the school – ‘Love, Learn and Live in Christ!’
“I hope the school continues its great success and will be striving from the helm to ensure this, backed by fantastic staff, governors, parents/carers and of course the amazing children we have here.”
A time capsule containing items close to the school was buried by Harry Yates and Kirsty Foxcroft, as they shared the same birthday with the school’s feast day. They were helped by Mrs Hodges and chair of the school governors Ian Goulding.
Mr Goulding said: “The school has a great family atmosphere and that hasn’t changed over the years. The school’s PTAC play an important role. We couldn’t function without them.”