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Ivy Bank Golden Celebrations

Ivy Bank school launched the celebration of their 50th birthday on Thursday 21st April 2016, which continued to the Golden Summer Fair on Saturday 2nd July 2016.  Pupils are currently wearing commemorative hoodies and t-shirts celebrating a fantastic 50 years.

The celebrations started with a rousing concert led by Key Strings who performed 1960s celebratory material with the children.  There was recognition of our shared birthday with Queen Elizabeth along with plenty of fun and laughter.  As we sang Happy Birthday accompanied by the musicians, party poppers exploded colourfully into the air!

On Thursday 21st April 1966 Ivy Bank opened its doors as a community school.  It is built on the fields belonging to Ivy Cottage Farm which was run by the Whitaker family.  In fact, Valerie, daughter of Mr and Mrs Whitaker, is the oldest past-pupil we have managed to find in our Twitter campaign when she started on that first day of opening in Class 1 (now called Reception class). 

We were lucky to have the Whitaker family join us for the day (pictured are Sheila, Valerie and their mother, Mrs Whitaker).  We introduced our current youngest pupil, Ava, to Valerie at the Golden Garden, which the children of Ivy Bank have planted to celebrate our 50 years.  The Whitaker family shared fantastic photographs and were interviewed by Ivy Bank pupils about life on the farm and how the land has changed.  “I can’t believe Sheila had a pet cow that she could ride,” laughed one year 3 pupil.  Sheila shared how their family donkey, Jenny, became like an Ivy Bank pet, as the children used to fuss her as she hung her head over the gate greeting them. 

Also present for the morning was the Worshipful the Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Hilda Gaddum, who joined the concerts and spoke to the children congratulating them and the staff on the success of Ivy Bank.  Madam Mayor enjoyed a tour of the school with the Governors and admired the Golden Garden and celebratory cake. 

During the afternoon there was a special surprise… Ivy Bank pupils were presented with a bar of chocolate; in six of which were hidden Golden Tickets.  

Some year groups completed their day with fancy dress in 1960s style, others had parties and some made commemorative tiles for display.

The winners of the golden tickets presented their tickets on the morning of the second of July and became the Golden Kings and Queens of Ivy Bank Golden Summer Fair. 

Our PTFA ‘Friends of Ivy Bank’ collected stories and photos from past pupils, parents and members of the community and built an amazing picture of Ivy Bank's 50 year history.