‘Old­est pupil’ re­turns to help mark school’s an­niver­sary

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY - DANIELLE ROPER

APRIMARY school that first opened half a cen­tury ago has cel­e­brated its birth­day.

Ivy Bank school pupils were joined on their school’s spe­cial day by a spe­cial guest, Va­lerie Whi­taker, who en­tered the re­cep­tion class on the day the school opened.

Va­lerie is the daugh­ter of Mr and Mrs Whi­taker, who ran Ivy Cot­tage Farm, on whose fields the school was built.

Mrs Whi­taker and Va­lerie’s sis­ter Sheila were also at the event.

As­sis­tant head­teacher Sarah Gill said: “We were lucky to have the Whi­taker fam­ily join us for the day. We in­tro­duced our 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.

“One pupil couldn’t be­lieve Sheila had a pet cow that she could ride. “Sheila also shared how their fam­ily don­key, Jenny, be­came like an Ivy Bank pet the chil­dren used to fuss over as she hung her head over the gate greet­ing them.”

Pupils also en­joyed a con­cert from live mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence Key Strings, who played 1960s mu­sic with them, some of the pupils dress­ing up 1960s style.

The chil­dren also made com­mem­o­ra­tive tiles and donned spe­cial hood­ies and t-shirts to mark the mile­stone ahead of the Golden Sum­mer Fair in July.

The school’s birth­day con­in­cided with Queen El­iz­a­beth’s birth­day, which was also cel­e­brated at the event. .

Join­ing the school was the Mayor of Cheshire East, Coun Hilda Gad­dum, who joined the con­certs and con­grat­u­lated the chil­dren and staff on the school’s suc­cess. She then en­joyed a tour of the school with the gov­er­nors, tak­ing in the Golden Gar­den.

Ivy Bank pupils were then each pre­sented with a bar of choco­late, six of which con­tained golden tick­ets. The lucky pupils will present the tick­ets at the school fair to have the chance to be­come Golden Kings and Queens of the event.

Mrs Gill added: “What a fab­u­lous day and achieve­ment for the Ivy Bank com­mu­nity. I love Ivy Bank and am proud of the chil­dren and staff”

The PTA ‘Friends of Ivy Bank’ is col­lect­ing sto­ries and pho­tos from past pupils – con­tact friend­sofivy­bank@gmail.com.

●● Cel­e­brat­ing Ivy Bank School’s 50th birth­day are, from left: Sheila Whi­taker, her mum Mrs Whi­taker, Mayor of Cheshire East, Coun Hilda Gad­dum, Va­lerie Whi­taker, and the school’s youngest pupil, Ava

●● Staff mem­bers Mrs Deb­bie Brinkhurst, Mrs Mel Shar­ratt, Mrs Kim Nes­bit and Mrs Mandy Cor­ri­gan cut the birth­day cake

●● With their golden ticket are win­ners (above) Milly, Toby and Mil­lie and (left) Al­fie and Ella

●● With their choco­late bars are Is­abelle, Ewan, Ro­nan and Blaire

●● Emma, and Am­ber­lei, with Keith Mosedale, of Key Strings

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