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Bournemouth primary school celebrates new building with look back in time
CHILDREN at a Bournemouth school danced through the decades to celebrate a brand new building yesterday.
Pupils of St Michael’s School in Somerville Road dressed in colourful clothes to represent different years as the extension to the historic school was officially opened.
Before the unveiling, the guests of honour, who included Bournemouth Mayor, Councillor Rod Cooper, were treated to a look back through time to the school’s beginning.
Special educational needs co-ordinator Carol Thomas, who coordinated the event, said: “The school has been expanded from a two-form entry to three.
“This means that each year group has three forms, so it’s wonderful. The new build itself is fantastic. We’ve had a storey added to the Key Stage 1 block and classrooms added to our Victorian villa.”
A school has been on the site since 1876 with an average weekly attendance of 34 children. However, there are currently 480 pupils in attendance, up from 394 in 2003.
Mrs Thomas said: “Pupils in year six have been reading the school logs from throughout the decades to see what was going on at St Michael’s during that time, and set that against a wider context. A lot of work has gone into today’s parade by all the pupils and staff members.”
The extension was opened by former headmaster Malcolm Laird, who was appointed in September 1981. He led the school until 2003.
History spanning 150 years
The school’s fascinating history spans almost 150 years.
It became a junior and infant school in November 1940, at a time when air raids were becoming a regular occurrence.
The terrifying attacks caused widespread poor attendance, and in 1945, the school was closed for two days due to “the unconditional surrender of Germany”.
In 1963, the school remained closed after Christmas until January 21 because of severe snow and frost.
A decade later, a huge fire caused by overheating fan heaters affected all eight classrooms.
In 2011, the council bought the villa next door to the school, creating a huge extension with a new pre-school and children’s centre.
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