Sunderland school celebrates half a century of learning

Pupils at East Herrington Primary School, Sunderland burying a time capsule as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Head teacher Alison Hodgson (right)
Pupils at East Herrington Primary School, Sunderland burying a time capsule as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Head teacher Alison Hodgson (right)
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THE past and future are playing a big part in a Sunderland school’s anniversary celebrations.

Students and staff at East Herrington Primary Academy are making sure its 50th birthday is one to remember.

As well as burying a time capsule to be opened in 2064, they have been delving into the history of the school in Balmoral Terrace.

Sarah Chapman, business manager, said the children have been having a great time learning all about the school.

She said: “We wanted to do something special to mark the anniversary. The Year 6 children took the lead on the time capsule, but every year group has been involved and each put something in the capsule that represented them.

“Everyone agreed that we should include information that will help the pupils at East Herrington Primary in 2064 to understand and explore our lives in school today. We included examples of the school uniform, a CD of the children singing, names of staff and pupils at the school and information about our lessons. There is even a Star of the Week certificate for the children of the future. All the children have been learning about the history of the school, including everyone dressing up in 60s clothing and having a party with cake. They have been thoroughly enjoying themselves.”

 Ex-pupils at the school when it first opened have been into the academy to speak to the children about what it used to be like.

 Youngsters also created an art exhibition to celebrate the school’s history and invited family and friends along to see their work.