In 2016, Wenlock Church of England Junior School celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The school first opened on 5th January 1966.
As part of our work on the 50th Anniversary of our school, we we would love for you all to share any photos, memories, stories etc that you may have from over the last 50 years. These could be school productions, school trips, summer fetes - anything that will show off some of the key moments in our school's history. We have collected stories, newspaper articles etc to build a picture of Wenlock in the 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s. Please access the Wenlock C of E Junior School Memories page to access our special Facebook page.
On Saturday 2nd July 2016, we held an Open Day to celebrate the school's 50th Anniversary. Than you to all the past and present pupils, families and staff who attended and helped make our celebration day a memorable and successful day!
On the official 50th anniversary of the opening ceremony on 18th October 2016, Wenlock pupils celebrated this momentous occasion in style. The day began with a plethora of visitors to the school – headteacher Mrs Williams welcomed Bishop Richard of Bedford, the Mayor of Luton and other members of the local community to tour Wenlock as it is today.
This was followed by an assembly, where Mrs Williams proudly showed the children the contents of the time capsule that was to be buried later that day. This included pictures drawn by the children, items of school uniform both past and present, 25th and 50th anniversary badges and more. The final item was a memory stick, containing videos made by each class in 2016 to commemorate the occasion. Whether or not the technology will be accessible in fifty years' time remains to be seen, but the children thoroughly enjoyed watching their time capsule videos, as did the school's staff and visitors. Bishop Richard gave an inspiring speech to add to the occasion, explaining the origins of church schools and their importance throughout history.
After this, the 300 strong crowd of pupils all headed outside for the unveiling of the 50th anniversary chair. Expertly carved from the remains of an old tree, the chair commemorates the history of the school, the Values education philosophy and the Wenlock emblem. The Mayor of Luton revealed the chair in all its glory, before moving on to oversee the burial of the time capsule close by. Mr Adams, an integral member of the school's governing body, gave a speech thanking the school for its role in the community and wishing the children and staff well for the future.
The day was topped off by the simultaneous release of over 350 blue balloons – one for each child and adult in attendance that day. Each was tied with a label, asking the finder to contact the school with its eventual location. Although a few were lost to the overbearing trees surrounding the school grounds, the first recipient emailed less than three hours later to let the school know a balloon had made it all the way to a veterinary clinic in Norfolk.