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Trip Down School’s Memory Lane With Birthday Tea Party

Published on: 16 Oct, 2012
Updated on: 16 Oct, 2012

Pupils past and present enjoyed a tea party at Holy Trinity Pewley Down School on Tuesday afternoon (October 16) as part of its 200th birthday celebrations.

The 200th birthday tea party at Holy Trinity Pewley Down School.

While current pupils at the junior school, situated at the end of Addison Road, Charlotteville, helped serve tea and cakes, past pupils from various decades enjoyed looking at the displays of old photos and archive material.

They talked about their days at the school, many of them having attended it when it was at the bottom of Pewley Hill.

Former pupils, from left, Dave Foster, Brian Holt, George Holt and John Foster.

Head teacher Richard Rowe and members of his staff chatted to the former pupils and noted some of their memories and stories.

Head teacher Richard Rowe with former pupil Jean Gregory.

The fun and nostalgic afternoon featured a short drama that took a look at life at the school in Victorian times when it was run by the boys’ and girl’s schools head teachers, Joseph and Helen Ball.

Year 6 pupils who helped at the birthday tea party, from left, Jess, Issy, Olivia and Aoife.

With 1o current pupils taking on the role of their 19th-century counterparts, deputy head teacher Helen Pronger narrated the drama, reading extracts from the school’s log books that Joseph and Helen Ball carefully entered on a regular basis throughout their time at the school from 1869 to the early 1900s.

A spot of drill for the boys!

Richard Rowe playing Mr Ball took the boys for a lesson is drill and Year 3 teacher Maggie Burges played Mrs Ball and made the girls sweep the floor!

While the girls are made to sweep the floor.

The school was very pleased with the afternoon tea party. Teacher Ginnie Gregory, who long with fellow teacher Alison Tester, organised the event, said she was delighted to see all those who came along and who so obviously enjoyed chatting about their time at Holy Trinity School.

From left: Year 3 teacher Ginnie Gregory, deputy head Helen Pronger, and Year 5 teacher Alison Tester.

Former pupil Tamara Blackburn.

Enjoying the drama of life at the school in the 19th century.

The boys who took part in the drama.

And the girls who also stepped back in time to life at Holy Trinity School in the late 19th century.

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  1. Brian Holt

    October 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you to Mr Rowe the Head Teacher, all his staff and the pupils for a excellent trip down the school’s memory lane, on their with the birthday party.

    My brother and I were given a tour of the school by two lovely girls who were very helpful, polite and full of knowledge. We liked the short drama that took a look at life at the school in Victorian times.

    It was nice to meet others who were also at the old school at the same time as us in the late forties.

    Thank you Holy Trinity Downs School for a very enjoyable and entertaining afternoon.