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Tiverton primary school celebrates half a century
12:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Devon
A TIVERTON primary school is celebrating half a century of teaching and learning today (Friday).
Wilcombe Primary School will be marking its 50th anniversary with a special open day, suspending normal lessons in favour of fun activities and different classes designed to teach children about the school’s history.
The school opened on September 10, 1963, to serve a growing town, and at the time it was Tiverton’s only primary school – all others catered for infants or juniors.
Original head teacher Norman Annett, who stepped into the role after moving from South Moulton, will be back for the reunion, and plans to take a special maths class and teach pupils about old currency.
The celebration has been organised by current head of teaching and learning Louise Oxenham, who has been at the school since 2001 when she started as a part-time nursery assistant.
She said: “We’re hoping to see ex-pupils and teachers, and anyone who has been involved with Wilcombe or Sunnymead children’s centre, which is also open to the public on the day.
“There will be guided tours and children will be taking part in a variety of activities, such as camp fire cooking, art and craft sessions, treasure hunts and Spanish lessons.
“We’ll also be doing a time capsule. Each child has written a brief biography about themselves and we’ll be burying that in the field.
“In the evening there will be a disco for adults on the theme Wilcombe Throughout the Decades, which will be open to current and past parents and teachers with food and drink.
“Wilcombe has seen massive changes over the years.
“It has been a middle school and then went back to being a primary school. It has gone through name changes and has been situated on two different sites.
“In previous years it was part of a federation and now it’s an academy.
“Norman said when he was here it was a happy, open, friendly school to work in, and it’s the same now.
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