Falklands : Golden Anniversary for Infant/Junior School
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 11.06.2005 (Article Archived on 25.06.2005)
Students at the Stanley Infant/Junior School had a special assembly at 0910 this morning when they all gathered to wish their school a very happy 50th birthday.
Photo (c) J. Brock (FINN) Macaulay Middleton blows out the candles on a huge birthday cake.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY FOR INFANT/JUNIOR SCHOOL
By J. Brock (FINN)
Macaulay Middleton blows out the candles.
Students at the Stanley Infant/Junior School had a special assembly at 0910 this morning when they all gathered to wish their school a very happy 50th birthday. Head teacher, John Farrow, explained what the music and history was like at the time the school was opened and travelled through time to this present day. He explained about Elvis Presley’s music of the 50s as well as Yuri Gorgerin, the first man in space and a demonstration of how (not) to use a hula hoop. He continued through the 60s with men on the moon and the heavy metal music of the ‘70s. It was a light touch about the ’82 war, and then an explanation about the first school extension as well as the introduction of computers. He explained about the Royal Visits of the ‘90s and the new school hall built then and he mentioned the CD explosion of the ‘90s. He concluded with the Morrison’s extension that we have today.
Then it came time to light the candles on that birthday cake – supposedly all 50 of them. However, Head Teacher John Farrow relented and lit only 10 of them, with the help of Macaulay Middleton. And, as everyone sang Happy Birthday to the school, Macaulay blew them out. The huge cake was made by Phyllis Gough and was decorated with a rendition of the new school extension and two photographs of the school.
It was prior to the cutting of the cake by the Hon. Mrs. Jan Cheek that he told the school about a time capsule that he planned to make so that children in school 50 years from now could see what students of the early 21st century were up to. Each class will have the opportunity to chose something to put in the capsule.
After the assembly, the guests, who included past teachers and other school employees, enjoyed an exhibition of photos and other items in the Foyer of the new building while they were munching on cake and having coffee/tea. It was an excellent chance for everyone to remember their school days and to see what schooling was like in the 50s as well as seeing how education if Infant/Junior schoolchildren has changed over the past half century.
Our thanks goes to all involved in setting up the display in the foyer and the people involved in making a very huge cake. The cake was cut up so that everyone in the school, all the staff and the guests could have a piece.