Surprise anniversary for Blackhorse
Published on: 03 Mar 2014
BLACKHORSE Primary School is hoping to unearth some golden memories after accidentally discovering it has an anniversary to celebrate.
Pupils and staff found out after talking to some elderly residents that it was 50 years since what was originally Blackhorse Infant School opened its doors.
Head teacher Simon Botten explained: “Each week a group of children visit Badmianton Gardens to talk and read with the residents. Recently a couple of the residents had been telling the children about the old Blackhorse school, which was previously on the Badminton Gardens site before moving to new buildings in Blackhorse Lane in 2004.
“Back at school we looked for photos of the old building and found several of the old log books which showed that the infant school opened on April 13, 1964 (the then junior school having opened earlier, in 1958).
“The log books give a fascinating glimpse into the past but we realised that as a school we know very little about the school’s early days in the 1960s and 70s.”
The school is therefore appealing for stories, photos and memories from local people who either attended, worked at or visited Blackhorse infant or junior schools in the 1950s, 60s, 70s or 80s.
Pupils and staff are keen to know more about the black horse statue said to have been at the school, possibly in the middle of a pond, until the 1970s and to learn the history of some trophies which, like the log books, were discovered at the bottom of a cupboard.
“There are stories behind all these things. We just don’t know what they are,” Mr Botten said.
The plan is for children to study the school’s history in preparation for an anniversary celebration event in the summer.
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