Centenary Celebrations

2011 saw the centenary of our school, and to celebrate, lots of events took place over the course of the year involving past and present staff, current and ex- pupils as well as the community.

Some of the Goosehill staff 2011

Some of the Goosehill staff 2011

Woodhorn Colliery

Celebrations began with classes visiting Woodhorn Colliery Museum and archives. Children found out what life was like in homes in 1911 and how people coped with lack of modern technology. They also had the chance to explore what life was like for underground miners at the turn of the century. The older children had the opportunity to investigate old maps of Morpeth, comparing the businesses and townscape with those of the modern town.

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Dancing Through the Decades Dancing Through the Decades

Children investigated different styles of dance across the century with each class focusing on a different decade. This culminated in a ‘Dance Extravaganza’ performance in the hall for parents and carers. Pupils also took part in a Music Hall performance with songs and jokes from the era, ably entertaining visitors from the School community, including residents from Riverside Old People’s Home.

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Visit To Beamish Visit To Beamish

Beamish DayVisit To Beamish

In June, the whole school, including pupils, staff, parents and Governors dressed up in Edwardian costume and took a trip to Beamish Open Air Museum. Luckily the weather was kind and everyone had a wonderful day finding out about life 100 years ago. Children paraded the School’s banner, specially designed and made by Key Stage 2 children during the event.

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Garden Party

Present and ex-staff, governors and ex-pupils were invited for a Thanksgiving service and champagne reception where they had the opportunity to view the wonderful displays showing old photographs and memories of bygone days at the school. Many personal memories of the school were shared and friendships rekindled during the evening as well as great amusement at the changing fashions and hairstyles over the decades!

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Champagne Reception

Centenary Displays

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Centenary Displays

Street Party Street Party Street Party

Tea Party

Enjoying ice-cream at the street party

Miss B White with the oldest and youngest pupil

The costumes came out again on the final day of Summer Term for a celebration street party for current pupils. Following the formal opening ceremony carried out by the Head Teacher, Miss E Reay, ex-headteacher, Miss B White and the Mayor of Morpeth, a time capsule was buried in the school garden containing some items that pupils considered were relevant to Goosehill in 2011. Children were then treated to a host of Edwardian entertainment, including Punch and Judy shows, a magician, playground toys and, of course, the obligatory ice cream! This was followed by a huge party tea held in the school hall with sandwiches, jelly and cake. Delicious! The children were all presented with a celebratory mug adorned with the school logo – a fantastic memory of a very exciting year of celebrations!

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