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Grantham school marks its 60th birthday

Belton Lane Primary School celebrated its 60th anniversary with a tea party.

Belton Lane Primary School celebrated its 60th anniversary with a tea party.

 

Belton Lane Primary School celebrated its 60th anniversary in style on Tuesday.

Every pupil attended the celebrations, which included a wide variety of party games in the morning, and a tea party after lunch.

To mark the anniversary, some of the children dressed up as stars of the 1950s including James Dean and Elvis Presley.

Wearing the Elvis costume he’d received as a birthday present was eight-year-old Jack Vincent, who complete with Presley’s signature sideburns drawn on by his parents, said: “The day has gone really well.”

Also dressed in a retro outfit was Grace Moorhouse, aged 11, who said: “We looked at pictures on the internet of outfits from the 50s to get ideas.”

Headteacher Jonathan Mason spoke on the day about the achievements of the school since it was built in 1954.

He said: “I have been here for seven years and it would be hard for me to move from this school because we are so well set up with such great facilities.”

As part of the anniversary celebrations, new trees were planted in the grounds and the school’s logo was redesigned.

The children were each given a free jumper or cardigan with the new school logo so parents would not have to purchase new ones.

Explaining the process of the redesign, Mr Mason said: “We took the old logo with the greyhound, as we are one of only two organisations in the town who are allowed to use the greyhound design.

“We talked to the children and got some ideas to make it look more 21st century.”

Fittingly this new design was joined by the old logo for the anniversary, with teaching assistant Joanne Wojciak wearing a costume complete with an original Belton Lane school badge from her father who was a pupil at the school not long after it was built.

Mrs Wojciak said: “I’ve worked at the school since 1996, and seen it go through a lot of changes.

“We have always had great children here, and it’s fantastic to see the effort they have made today with their costumes.”

 

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