Garstang St Thomas Primary school is set to celebrate 50 years on “new” site

St Thomas CE pupils  Garstang have created special artwork to mark the school's 50 years on its Kepple Lane site.
St Thomas CE pupils Garstang have created special artwork to mark the school's 50 years on its Kepple Lane site.

It is a golden year for Garstang St Thomas CE primary school this year and staff and pupils are determined to make the party last.

A range of events and celebrations have been planned to mark the 50 years St Thomas school has been on Kepple Lane - relocating in 1965 from its former home in the parish hall on Church Street.

Now the call has gone out for former pupils to make contact so they can join in the milestone moments too.

A special day of celebrations is planned for Friday June 19 and a message has been posted on the school’s Friends Reunited webpage inviting all former pupils to take part.

The school also has a dedicated webpage that will keep present and past pupils informed as plans develop further.

In the run up to the June 19 event, the children will all have the opportunity to help create a ceramic art installation which will become a permanent reminder of the anniversary celebrations. This will be revealed on the 19th and it’s hoped ex-students who buried a time capsule back in 1965 will do the honours.

The school will be open in the afternoon of June 19 for former pupils to visit and see the work produced by current pupils.

Already several former pupils from the 1960s have said they are interested in joining the event and the school would now like to hear from more past pupils.

It is hoping to put video memories onto its web page and would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to be filmed or could send in a film clip of themselves reminiscing.

Current pupils and the new pupils due to start in the autumn term can look forward to a special picnic luncheon on celebration day with barbecued food and fruit smoothies made with a teacher powered smoothie bike.

After school, there will be stalls and activities including a stall provided by Garstang Rotary Club which is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The summer celebration will culminate in performances by the children, a fashion show of school uniform through the ages - including a new uniform for September 2015 and a disco in a marquee on the school playground.

Music teacher Mrs Marion Gaughan, is creating a school song specially for the event.

The great reminiscence has already begun - the school’s Year 5 class has been looking at what life was like in 1965 in Garstang and beyond and examples of their view of yesteryear are shown here.

The school is justifiably proud of its family links, with several pupils pleased to note their parents also attended the school. Some members of staff were pupils here too,

One pupil brought in a photo of her grandma in class in 1965 - grandma contributed to the time capsule that was buried in the school’s foundations. The youngster’s great grandma was a St Thomas dinner lady at the time. As her mother was also a pupil ethe school is now hoping grandma and mother will be amongst their video stars.

As for the staff links - nursery nurse Mrs Dugdale has promised to bring in cinefilm of sports day from when she was a pupil and her sons, nephew and nieces also attended the school. It is hoped there will be some school photos from Mr Baker’s time here too. * On Saturday April 18 the school will be holding a table top sale from 9.30am -12 noon with all proceeds going towards the celebrations. Anyone wanting to book a table should contact Administrative Officer Heather Hodge.

Heather Hodge can be contacted at Garstang St Thomas CE Primary School, Kepple Lane, Garstang PR3 1PB by email or by calling 01995 603454

The anniversary webpage is