St Mary’s CE Primary School in Amersham celebrated its 150th anniversary on Friday, September 29, by recreating the very same parade, church service and tea party that marked its opening back in 1873.
The day began with headteacher Julie Hills ringing the newly refurbished school bell before staff, pupils, governors and school alumni – all dressed in Victorian fancy dress – paraded to St Mary’s church in Old Amersham for a service of thanksgiving.
During the service the children shared stories of their recent studies of Amersham’s history which has been made possible by the support of Amersham Museum.
After the service, the school community was joined by Marieke Bosman of Wild Amersham to plant a King Charles Pearmain Apple tree in the school’s new heritage orchard.
Headteacher Julie Hills said: “We wanted to create a day to remember for all our children as well as marking this significant moment in Amersham’s history.
“Seeing the whole school parading through Old Amersham dressed in Victorian clothes was very special.”
Chair of Governors Jacqui Rouse added: “We had a fun day of celebration but also began the transformation of our school grounds with the planting of the first tree in our heritage orchard.
“We are really excited about this legacy and its positive impact it will have on our town.”