Stradbroke Primary School reflects on 150 years since opening

Stradebroke Primary School was hosting a celebration for 150 years''Pictured: Teachers and pupils celebrating with a cake ANL-150807-181029009

Stradebroke Primary School was hosting a celebration for 150 years''Pictured: Teachers and pupils celebrating with a cake ANL-150807-181029009

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Stradbroke Primary School rounded out its year down memory lane celebrating 150 years since its opening, as pupils past and present arrived on Wednesday for the final series of events.

People connected with the school’s history helped to bury a time capsule, amidst a number of celebrations including a whole school picnic, stage performances and a display of old photography from across the bygone decades.

Head of school Linda Walsh praised the children for embracing their history and helping to create a living timeline over the last year.

“I feel it’s really important for children to have a history of their own and to know what they do now is very much rooted in the past,” she told the Diss Express.

“It’s created quite a community atmosphere. People have shown a real interest in the history. It makes them feel like they are really part of something.”

In the last few months, the school has also been visited by descendents of JC Ryle, the man who orchestrated the school’s opening back in 1864, and of Mr Thorpe, who was the headteacher in 1964, when the school turned 100.