Former pupils invited back to Worthing school

Current pupils with donated memorabilia  S23140H13
Current pupils with donated memorabilia S23140H13
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FORMER pupils are being invited back into the classroom as a school celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The event is just one of those marking the diamond jubilee year at West Park CE First and Middle School, Goring.

The Marlborough Road school’s doors will be open from 10am to 12.30pm on Saturday, giving people the chance to see how things have changed over the years.

Head teacher Peter Neale said: “We are a bit like the Queen – the school opened in September, 1952, but officially opened in July, 1953. That is why we’re doing it in this academic year.

Visitors will be able to see a selection of memorabilia, which has been donated to the school for the celebrations, as well as being given tours.

“The open morning is an event for past pupils and parents to come and see the changes that have taken place,” said Mr Neale.

“There are old reports, book bags and various bits. I recently showed around a lady who was here when the school opened. She was in the infant class in 1952, and hadn’t seen some parts of the school herself.”

The milestone year has given the school’s current pupils a chance to look back to days gone by, and Mr Neale said they had been involved throughout.

“They have been involved in different ways,” he added. “We are hoping we can get some people to talk to the children about how things are different.

“They have also been drawing some jubilee posters, showing how times have changed over the 60 years.”

Two further events are planned for West Park’s jubilee celebrations, following Saturday’s open day.

On Saturday, June 29, the school’s parent-teacher association will host a jubilee-themed summer fair, and on Sunday, July 7, there will be a special service at St Mary’s Church, Goring, at 3pm.