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Tivetshall school celebrates 135th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 18:03 11 October 2011

Tivetshall school celebrated its 135th birthday at the weekend. Sue Thomson cutting the cake with Milly Chamberlain.
Photo: Bill Smith

Tivetshall school celebrated its 135th birthday at the weekend. Sue Thomson cutting the cake with Milly Chamberlain. Photo: Bill Smith

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A community primary school opened its doors to old, past and present staff and pupils as it marked its 135th anniversary.

For more than a century Tivetshall Primary has educated youngsters in the village and on Saturday welcomed back scores of people to reminisce and take part in activities designed to bond the old and new.

Wrapped up against the autumnal weather, people enjoyed bacon rolls as they took part in a good-old game of conkers, looked over old photos and logbooks, recorded tales of how the school had changed and enjoyed one another’s company.

Tivetshall Primary School headteacher David Simington said: “I think things like this are important because the children can establish good relationships with older members of the community and it can be surprising how close the nearest former pupils are, and also how old the eldest is.

“The oldest we’ve found so far is 83 but I’m sure there are older out there. “Children can get an awful lot from interacting with the community and to learn things about the school they’re working in every day which they may not have known.

“I think something like this helps maintain the role of smaller schools in the community and it’s a way of keeping a link between the past and present, especially when there’s so much change.”

To add to the celebration staff recently found what they believe to be an original Victorian fireplace in the main hall of the school.

Mr Simington said it was likely to have been used to heat the school in the last century and added: “It is in the main hall so it would have been with the original classrooms. We found it by pulling off the cover and there was the original fireplace in all its glory.

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