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60th Anniversary Celebrations

On Saturday, May 13, St Giles C of E Primary School celebrated the 60th anniversary of its village school. To kick off the celebration day a memory was reenacted by a past pupil who was the first ever pupil to walk into the schools building. Sixty-years ago Carol Cole held her headteacher, Miss Dorothy Philpott’s hand and became the first pupil to step into the school’s new building in 1957. Sixty years later, the current headteacher of St Giles School, Mrs Susan Ridge, and past pupil Carol held hands and walked into the school to recreate that moment.

Miss Philpott worked at the school for 43 years until she sadly died at the age of 64. The former headteacher is buried in St Giles church graveyard and is remembered every year by the Year 6 pupils who place flowers on her grave on their way to the leavers’ service in the church at the end of the school year.

For the anniversary celebration, the typical British weather was varied with sunshine and clouds but it didn’t stop governors, teachers, staff, pupils, and parents, both past and present attending the party.

Mrs Ridge said: “Many ex-teachers and staff came along to see old friends and pupils. They were amazed at how ‘their’ children had grown. Ex-pupils met up with old classmates and didn’t stop talking.”

The mayor and mayoress of Hertsmere, Councillors Peter Rutledge and Jane West also attended the celebration.

Everyone was treated to a variety of arena displays, stalls, a display of archive pictures and newspaper cuttings, a talent show put on by the children of the school, food and drink, and musical performances from the school’s singing group, ex-pupils and local bands.

Mrs Ridge added: “The team that put the whole event together did a fantastic job, and worked very hard to ensure it all ran smoothly. “We would like to thank everyone who came to support the event and those who donated their time, services and gifts. It was very much appreciated. “The atmosphere was amazing, everyone had fun and the friends of St Giles raised much-needed funds for the school. “Thank you to everyone who supported us on this very memorable and special occasion.”