School celebrates 150th anniversary

Green Hammerton primary school celebrates 150 years since it was first built. A '150 fortnight' will see the school celebrate with A Victorian Day, a visit from the circus, creating a time capsule and a '150 challenge'.

Green Hammerton CE primary is celebrating its 150th anniversary this week, having been built in 1874. To mark this occasion they are having a '150 fortnight' which kicked off today with a 'Victorian Day'.

Children and staff dressed in Victorian attire, the original school bell was rung on arrival and the children had to follow some Victorian school rules e.g. boys lining up at the front, girls at the back, standing when an adult comes into the room, wearing a Dunces hat if you got something wrong and trying to avoid the cane!

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Activities during the day included making butter from cream, playing Victorian games (skipping, hop scotch, hoop & Stick), botanical drawing, chanting times tables and hand writing practice. Children also enjoyed a special Victorian lunch of mince stew and Yorkshire puddings, followed by Victoria sponge cake.

Children dressed in their Victorian attireChildren dressed in their Victorian attire
Children dressed in their Victorian attire

On Wednesday the KS2 children will put on their annual play, which this year stays with the theme and is entitled 'The Victorians' and is about a group of children visiting a museum to learn about the Victorians.

Friday will see the BIG celebration, when the circus come to visit. 'Circus Sensible' will be putting up their big top on the field, the children will enjoy circus workshops throughout the day and then the school's PTA (Friends of Green Hammerton school - FOGHS) will provide refreshments, games and a raffle to raise money for school funds before everyone goes into the big top to enjoy a performance by the circus team.

The following week the school are aiming to try and do some '150' challenges and put together a time capsule, which will be buried on site and only opened when the school celebrates its 200th anniversary!

The school has lots of information about who paid to build the school (Mr Henry Farrer) and it's early days, due to the discovery of a log book dating back to January 1875.

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