Pupils with the time capsule
Pupils with the time capsule

Celebrations have taken place to mark a milestone year at a Beverley primary school.

Beverley St Nicholas Primary School has held a party for pupils, staff and parents to celebrate the centenary of the school.

The celebrations last Wednesday started with refreshments in the library. This was followed by a special assembly to welcome all visitors. A time capsule was then prepared, containing letters, photographs, money, homework, the school’s prayer, artwork and school sweatshirts.

Afterwards there was a performance from country dancers and the school choir, a tour of the school and a picnic in the playground and garden.

The time capsule was then buried in the school garden, and a plaque installed saying the capsule is to be opened in 100 years time.

The school’s history co-ordinator Andrea Jones said: “It is amazing [the school has reached its centenary].

“We’ve had quite a lot of ex-staff members attend the celebrations, even an ex-headteacher - Dorothy Walker - came along to the party.

“We’ve had more than 100 visitors and we’ve all had a wonderful time.

She added: “A letter was read out during the assembly from Audrey Cordwell, who was a teacher and pupil here. She was here in 1939 and remembers taking evacuees in during the Second World War. It was really interesting.”

Helen Fennell, who works in the school’s office, made a centenary cake, which was a replica of the school, which she brought

The party last Wednesday was the culmination of celebrations which started last term, with children spending a whole week learning about the history of the school. In addition, previous pupils and staff visited the school to talk about their experiences.

St Nicholas Primary was built in 1914 and opened to children in 1915. When it opened it was called St Nicholas Council School.