Happy 150th birthday say Little Gonerby infants

150th birthday celebrations at Little Gonerby Infant School in Grantham.

150th birthday celebrations at Little Gonerby Infant School in Grantham.

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A Grantham school has turned 150 years old, and to mark the milestone pupils, parents and school staff sang a special rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, folllowed by three cheers.

The sing-along came at the end of performances by youngsters on Friday, who dressed in costume and danced along to music from decades throughout the school’s life.

150th birthday celebrations at Little Gonerby Infant School in Grantham.

150th birthday celebrations at Little Gonerby Infant School in Grantham.

First up was Year 2, dressed in clothing reminiscent of the 1980s. They danced to Kylie Minogue’s hit song ‘Locomotion’. Next was Year 1 singing ‘All You Need is Love’ by The Beatles, followed by the reception class who went all the way back to 1863, when Little Gonerby was born. The youngsters played Ring a Ring o’ Roses and danced around the Maypole.

Headteacher Helen Hilton, the school’s 14th head, said: “We are extremely proud to celebrate such a significant event in our school’s history. It is a real privilege to be part of the educational experience of so many children in the town, and we felt it was important for our pupils to know about the part their school plays in the history of Grantham.”

Throughout the event, Mrs Hilton talked about the school’s past, from its beginnings in what is now Belvoir Nursing Home, Brownlow Street.

Also part of the celebration was the revealing of a special storyteller chair, made in memory of former headteacher Elizabeth Wiggins who sadly died recently.

150th birthday celebrations at Little Gonerby Infant School in Grantham.

150th birthday celebrations at Little Gonerby Infant School in Grantham.

Mrs Hilton said: “We wanted to have some way of remembering our much-loved head mistress Mrs Wiggins, and so we have decided, as Mrs Wiggins loved to read to the children, a fitting tribute would be a place where children and adults can enjoy reading.”

The chair was unveiled by Mrs Wiggins’ husband and son.