School’s 50th is a flower power do

Mayfield Primary School has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a 60's themed day. Headteacher Suzanne Fish (right) with assistant headteacher Andrew Conway and teaching assistant Amanda Cross.
Mayfield Primary School has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a 60's themed day. Headteacher Suzanne Fish (right) with assistant headteacher Andrew Conway and teaching assistant Amanda Cross.

THE swinging Sixties made a glorious comeback as part of a landmark celebration at a Fylde coast primary school.

Mayfield Primary School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and party-spirited pupils, parents and teachers donned bell-bottom jeans, flowery tops and mini-dresses to mark the occasion.

More than 100 parents joined their children at the St Leonard’s Road East school to enjoy 60s-themed art and craft activities as generations of families shared tales of their times at the school since its original opening in 1963.

“It always helps having a family connection to the school,” headteacher Suzanne Fish said.

“When parents have had that positive relationship with school then children know we’re all there for them – it contributes massively to their progress.”

Among the guests were grandmother Dawn Bird with her daughter Natalie Coupe and granddaughter Ella, aged six. All three of them enjoyed (or are still enjoying) happy days at the school.

Ella’s dad, the late Sgt Nigel Coupe, who was killed while on tour in Afghanistan last year, also made his mark on the school when he attended.

His class photo, with some schoolmates who are now teachers there, is just one of a number of images adorning the walls of the school to celebrate pupils past and present.

Mrs Fish said: “Parents have been sending in pictures of Mayfield through the ages. It’s made for a really excited buzz around the school.”

And even Elvis made an appearance for celebrations – 10-year-old Charlie Dunkerley stepped into his blue suede shoes for fancy dress.

He said: “I loved seeing people in their fancy dress. Mayfield is a really fun school, teachers even make learning fun.”

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