20 years of school days remembered

Sure Shot:  St.Giles Primary School pupil Leo Almi, seven has fun on the hoopla stall as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.
Sure Shot: St.Giles Primary School pupil Leo Almi, seven has fun on the hoopla stall as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

Youngsters celebrated their school’s 20th anniversary in the sunshine.

St Giles Primary School, in Starkholmes, held two days of celebrations to mark the milestone.

Bish Bash: St.Giles Primary School pupil Abigail Young, six, scores a hit on the Splat the Rat game as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

Bish Bash: St.Giles Primary School pupil Abigail Young, six, scores a hit on the Splat the Rat game as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

The school was first opened by The Queen in 1992 and Rev Julie Stanton, who has remained as head teacher since then.

The festivities started with a service lead by the Rev Stanton.

Jackie Swift, higher level teaching assistant, said: “She told the children all about when The Queen came to open the school 20 years ago and how exciting that was. Then after playtime the school broke up into smaller groups and went to do activities that happened 20 years ago.”

The celebration had a royal theme to tie in with the Jubilee year.

Tee Off:  St.Giles Primary School pupil Emily Adams, six, takes aim on the Golf Game as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

Tee Off: St.Giles Primary School pupil Emily Adams, six, takes aim on the Golf Game as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

The youngsters took part in maypole dancing, making crowns and thrones for their teddies, music making, designing a new flag and making a banner for the school.

They also played games such as ‘splat the rat’, hoopla and coconut shy.

“They had lots of fun,” Jackie continued.

“Then they all put on their party clothes and dressed up as royalty – so we had lots of princesses and crowns and people dressed in red, white and blue.”

Adelaide Melen, aged nine, of Matlock, said: “It was an awesome day.

“The games were the best bit. The whole day was really good.”

Jackie said that some of the most memorable events to have taken place at the school over the last 20 years included St Giles’ ten years celebration and a visit from the Bishop of Derby, Alastair Redfern.

Andrea Turner, who teaches years three and four at the school, said: “The children had a fun and memorable day.

“They understood the significance of the event and they went into it whole–heartedly, finishing with a garden party in the sunshine.”

The following day, the school invited past staff, students, governors and parents for tea and scones.