A MORPETH school went outdoors as its 50th anniversary celebrations concluded with a Golden Garden Party.
Abbeyfields First School put up a marquee, pupils did some dancing from the decades and there were plenty of activities and features to enjoy – from a bouncy castle to an outdoor science lab.
The Newminster Middle School choir came along to perform, there was a steel pan demonstration and Deb Ions made a huge 27kg cake with decorations based on Abbeyfields’ archway and cherry blossom tree.
Those who attended the party were able to see some beautiful flowers as pupils had worked with staff at Heighley Gate to create a new display and there was an archive section with display boards detailing the history and development of the school.
Headteacher Sandra Ford said: “The event was a big success and it was the best day of the week weather wise, which made it even more special.
“Everyone had a fantastic time and we’re grateful to parents, carers and supporters of the school for their efforts to make this such a memorable occasion.
“A lot of former staff and pupils have come for a visit during the anniversary celebrations as well as some of the original year group when it opened.
“They were amazed at how the school has changed and progressed over the years, but they also discovered that the caring and nurturing ethos, alongside high standards, remains the same.
“The day had a big picnic in the park feel to it – particularly as the Friends of Abbeyfields held its summer fair straight after our event.”
A commemorative brochure has been made with information about the school’s history, staff profiles and what pupils think the future may hold.
Party guests also received a golden goody bag with 50th birthday items such as badges, key rings bookmarks and mugs and. Abbeyfields pupils made the key rings with support from Newminster students.