Celebrating 100 years of school

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A YEAR of celebrations have begun to mark a primary school’s centenary.

The staff, pupils and parents at Woodlea Primary School in Fence Houses will be throwing themselves into a year of fun activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the school.

The building opened its doors on September 9, 1913, and to kickstart the celebrations the school held a party day with a special lunch, games, balloon release and a cake made in a replica of the building.

An ice cream van was also invited along to the premises to serve each of the children a cornet.

Irene Black, a member of staff at the Gill Crescent South school, said: “It is still the same building. It has been different schools over the years, including at one point being a secondary school.”

One of the highlights of celebrating the centenary of Woodlea Primary, which was formerly called Fence Houses School, will be a step back in time for the children when they get dressed in olden day clothes and spend the day at Beamish Open Air Museum.

Irene said: “The children have created a wonderful miners’-type banner to be paraded at Beamish on October 23, during a visit intended to immerse the children in life as it was in 1913, and also at the Durham Miners’ Gala in July 2014.

“There will also be numerous events throughout the year which the children will be involved in such as special class assemblies, a Dashing Through The Decades themed event, a summer production and an exhibition of life throughout the 100 years of Fence Houses School, including a commemorative photograph of past pupils representing each year the school has been open.”