School holds festivities for 20th anniversary

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A Matlock primary school is planning a regal celebration in honour of its 20th anniversary.

St Giles Primary School, in Starkholmes Road, will reach the milestone on May 22.

The school was officially opened on this day by Her Majesty the Queen in 1992.

Staff and pupils at St Giles plan to mark the day with a special service.

Parents of current pupils are invited to come along for the service, which will be followed by a day of special activities.

The activities will be based on those that took place on the actual day the Queen came to visit and include Maypole dancing, banner making, cookery, music making and design activities like building thrones for royal teddies and a new royal vehicle.

During the afternoon there will be fun and games with a street party theme and a picnic.

On Wednesday, May 23, between 4pm and 6pm the school is inviting past staff, governors, parents and pupils to come in for tea and scones.

This will be an opportunity to see what the school is like today, as well as meet up with old friends and colleagues.

Sally Bednall, secretary at the school, said: “I think 20 years is the first big anniversary we have had.

“We have had two extensions in that time and our head teacher, Rev Julie Stanton, has been with us from the first day.

“We just felt with it being the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year it was reason enough to celebrate.

“We have already had quite a lot of people bring in old photographs to be used in a display of the school over the years.”

Anyone with memories of St Giles that they wish to write down and share for the occasion, or with old photographs of the school, is asked to let St Giles have them by Monday.

Further information on the school, including the planned festivities, is available by calling 01629 56813.