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Celebrating 175 years of school and church

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14 JUL

Celebrating 175 years of school and church

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

A primary school in the Staffordshire Moorlands has hosted a fair to celebrate the school, and the school’s church’s, 175-year anniversary. St Giles’ Catholic Primary School began their celebrations of the 175 year anniversary by entering a float that they had made into a competition at the recent Cheadle Carnival and successfully winning.

A primary school in the Staffordshire Moorlands has hosted a fair to celebrate the school, and the school’s church’s, 175-year anniversary.

St Giles’ Catholic Primary School began their celebrations of the 175 year anniversary by entering a float that they had made into a competition at the recent Cheadle Carnival and successfully winning.

These celebrations continued at the school on Friday (July 8), when they held their own fair filled with activities, festivities and little pieces of history for families, children and previous staff and students to visit and see.

The fair was opened by Cheadle Town Mayor, councillor Sue Walley and Deputy Mayor, councillor Liz Whitehouse.

In her opening speech, cllr Walley said: “Thank you for giving me the privilege to visit this school and open this fair, I am absolutely delighted to be here.

175 years of a school is absolutely remarkable, and I now declare this fair to be open.”

After the official opening, the school choir started the fair off with their rendition of ‘Power in Me’ along with renditions of various Beatles songs such as ‘All You Need Is Love’ and ‘Hey Jude.’

Cllr Walley further told the Cheadle & Tean Times: “I absolutely love interacting with the parents and the children.

I’m delighted to be here as this is the only school, as Town Mayor, that I have not visited and it has been an absolute privilege to visit on such a momentous occasion.”

The fair activities then began, including hook-a-duck, a bouncy castle, an inflatable dartboard along with a little glitter bar for the children to enjoy.

Along with that, there were several book sales, an ice cream sale by Gelato and Cakes, a cake sale and a uniform sale.

Throughout the school, there were remnants of the past created by students to reflect on the school and church’s history.

This included a replica of St Giles’ Church, a replica of the stained glass of the church, an area dedicated to the history of Pugin’s Gem and a video reflecting on the past students and staff of the school throughout the years.

Students had also previously been working hard on their reflection garden, an area for the children to relax and reflect, which now includes a seating area for the children, a mural of past students and a cross filled with flowers.

Also on Friday, the school and the PTFA also provided a replica of the church doors for people to see, along with elements of the school’s past including images of students and staff and the school’s love and punishment throughout the years, allowing the students and parents to see who received the last ever cane punishment.

Principal of St Giles’ Catholic Primary School, Mrs G Wretham, told Times & Echo: “It’s lovely to see past head teachers and other staff come celebrate with us.

I spoke to one of the priests earlier and we discussed how lots has changed about the school, including our reflection area and how the toilet used to never have a roof so snow days would be very interesting.

But one thing that has never changed is the parish and community and how supportive they have always been, and we are grateful for that support.

The children and staff have worked so hard during this celebration and I think that all that hard work has paid off.”

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