NEW silver topped gates have swung open as a Christleton High celebrates its 50th anniversary and looks forward to its next five decades.
Lord Mayor Cllr Brian Bailey was on hand with the Lady Mayoress, Raewyn Bailey, to give the celebrations the civic seal of approval.
Joining them were headteacher Tony Lamberton, governors’ chair Sue Leake, deputy head Damian Stenhouse and year 7 pupils Emma Lilico, 11, and Callum Pepler, 12, whose parents are former pupils of the school.
The school's 50th anniversary committee has been working hard preparing a programme of celebrations which will run through to July 2009.
The aim is to provide something for everyone, including current and former students, staff members, governors, parents, supporters and the local community.
At the start of the new school year, for the first time in many years, there will be a whole school photograph.
All students will be given a year planner with a special cover depicting the adopted 50th anniversary poster design and a pin-badge as a memento of the anniversary.
Plans for a commemorative book charting the school’s history are well in hand and the process of interviews, collating recollections and unearthing photographs from a wealth of sources is continuing with the book due to be published towards the end of this year.
A thanksgiving celebration at Chester Cathedral will take place on Friday, November 21, at 7pm.
The school is working hard to put together a nostalgia-packed, one-hour event with live music, choral music, and reminiscences which will provide an opportunity to showcase the extraordinary talent it has.
The free event is open to everyone and it is hoped many present students will also attend.
In April 2009, a group of year 11 students is to have the opportunity to visit Nepal, where they will trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary and participate in a community project.
The school believes this is likely to be a life-changing experience for the students who will be training hard for the adventure beforehand.
The retiring collection from the cathedral service will go towards the community project, which is to raise funds for a primary school in Kathmandu and in particular to buy shelving for their library.
On the afternoon of Saturday, May 16, 2009, there is to be a school open day featuring a number of events to appeal to all age groups.
The grand finale of the anniversary celebrations will be a Grand Ball at Chester Racecourse on the evening of July 4, 2009.