150 Years of Codicote School

We all had a fantastic time during our 150th Birthday Celebration Week. The School Council and Staff worked together to plan a series of exciting events.

We started the week by making an enormous plaque for our entrance hall. Every child in the school made a clay face, and the older children also made tiles to show our School Houses.

The next day, we all went outside for a scavenger hunt. Working in teams of children including all ages, from Nursery to Year 6, we went out on a mission to find a series of object, including coloured stones, feathers, four leafed clovers and other assorted items. We displayed these by making collage pictures.

On Wednesday, we put together a time capsule to show what life was like at Codicote School in 2007. We chose the things to include in assembly. These were: photographs of us, the pets and the school, toys, the school prospectus, a newsletter, coins, the OFSTED report and the programme for our Birthday Concert. In the afternoon, we performed our concert – 150 Years of Song at Codicote School.

On Thursday, The Codicote History Society put up an exhibition on 150 Years of Codicote School. We were really interested to see that 150 years ago, lots of children had the same names as us. We also liked spotting the faces of our teachers and helpers with different hairstyles in old school photos! The old School uniform looked very different; in the 1970s, the children wore brown clothes. We also saw pictures of the old school building, and met Mrs Griffiths – the wife of the old Headteacher. In the evening we held our concert again, and this time, included the Music Club Production of ‘Mary Poppins’.

Friday started with a circus of playground games. The children worked in mixed aged teams to learn a number of different games from the staff. Each teacher chose a game that they had enjoyed playing as a child, and then taught it to the children.

In the afternoon, everyone in the school, children and adults, was presented with a special medal to mark the occasion. These were then worn for our 150th Birthday Party. The party started with whole school country dancing, followed by games such as ‘Simon Says’, and ‘The Farmer’s in his den’. Then we had a tea party, with former pupils and staff, before the grand opening of our new Roundabout. Following this, each child released a balloon, for the great balloon race. The afternoon ended with us cutting our Birthday Cake. In the evening, we performed our Birthday Concert again.

During the week, we were joined by lots of former pupils, members of staff, and friends of Codicote School. Everyone agreed that we had had a fantastic week!

Our Birthday Roundabout

We held a competition to design a new roundabout. All of the designs were considered by a local Landscape Gardener, who chose the design he thought would look the best, all year round. He chose a design by Alysia Broad. In the middle of her design, Alysia included a bird bath. For special evening occasions, Alysia thought that we could have floating candles in it.

The children in the school worked with Mr Day, our site manager, and Ollie Abrahams – our Deputy Headteacher’s son, to build the roundabout. We are really pleased with it – it looks fantastic!

Balloon Race Update!

Our balloons headed out towards Cambridge and beyond, with many of them reaching Norwich! The furthest one, that we know about, was Duncan Eksteen’s, which reached Aylsham, in Norfolk! Some may have gone further out to sea. As the postcards arrived, we plotted the balloons on a big map in the hall.