PTA 175th Anniversary Pictures & Audio

Friday 28th September 2018

7.30am: Head teacher Mr Chris Grey and Mr Matt Bell, Secretary of the PTA, are interviewed in the Head's office by Andy Lake of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire about the 175th anniversary of the school and the playground funding appeal.

(The interview, which you can hear by clicking on the link below, was broadcast at 8.30am).

8.25am: For BBC Music day, Andy Lake of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire records the school choir rehearsing for the Thanksgiving service taking place later in the morning, and talks to some of the choir about their love of music.

(The choir recording, which you can hear by clicking on the first link below, was broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire at 8.50am. The interviews with the children were transmitted later in the day, between 5 and 6pm, and can be heard by clicking on the second link below.)

9.30am: The Anniversary Church Service is held. The Reverend Simon Talbott welcomes all the children. Hymns are performed and readings are given, one by the Reverend Christopher Henderson of All Saints Little Shelford, the other by school governor Liz Jenkin. The school choir perform 'Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho' and Year 1 and 2 sing 'The Wise Man Built'. Diocese Director of Education Andrew Read speaks to the children, followed by Dr Alex Hughes, Archdeacon of Cambridge. After the closing hymns 'All Things Bright & Beautiful' and 'Shine Jesus Shine', Head Teacher Mr Grey thanks the children, Reverend Christopher Henderson gives a blessing to the congregation, and the service concludes with the school Head Boy and Head Girl laying fresh flowers by the front wall of the churchyard, at the grave of Shelford School's first ever schoolmistress, Susannah Hopkins, as a token of thanks from all the children. The inscription on the gravestone in the picture below reads: 'Sacred to the memory of Susannah, daughter of John & Mary Hopkins, who died 1 May 1857. For 14 years Mistress of the National Schools of Great & Little Shelford'.

10:30-noon: The school opens to parents, school alumni and other inhabitants of the village so that Keystage 2 children can exhibit the vintage objects they have been collating since the beginning of the school year. The 'school museum' project is officially opened to the public by Mr Grey ringing the old school bell, which is only now ever done on special occasions. The children's exhibits from the past range from prehistoric flint spearheads to Victorian bibles given as school prizes, old photographs, Victorian and 20th century toys and clothing, and even a vintage school cane once used for disciplining naughty pupils!

Saturday 29th September 2018
1.30pm - 4pm: The whole school is blessed with beautifully sunny and warm early Autumn weather for the celebrations on the 175th anniversary itself, which see the school thrown open to the public. After a celebratory peal of bells from Great Shelford church, school pupils dance around the maypole at 2pm, a school tradition that verifiably dates back to the 1890s, and possibly even all the way back to the founding of the school in 1843.
The head of the school diocese, Bishop Stephen of Ely, gives an address at 2:20pm, and then, following the cutting of a celebratory 175th anniversary cake, helps to plant a ceremonial tree in the school grounds with assistance from some of the schoolchildren and the Reverend Simon Talbott of Great Shelford church.
Inside the school, the children's historical exhibits in the main hall are joined by a Governors' exhibit on the history of the school in the Year 1 classroom, where children are also invited to try using a genuine pedal-powered Victorian sewing machine. The celebrations continue in the fine weather, with the refreshment tent proving particularly busy, and local butcher Barker Bros, who also celebrate their 175th anniversary this year and had a stand selling their limited-edition 175th anniversary sausage, sell out all of their stock. After a final celebratory peal of bells from the church, the school closes at 4pm.
The Saturday celebrations were also covered by the Cambridge News, who sent a photographer to the event, and published a half-page article in their Monday edition, which can be viewed here.
Click here to support the 175th Anniversary Playground Appeal.