This year sees the 50th Anniversary of the first opening of St Richard’s Catholic Primary School and we intend to raise the roof! On Friday 22nd June there will be a special outdoor Mass, concelebrated by Bishop Paul Mason, at 12 o’clock midday, in the school grounds. Pupils, parents, teachers and governors, both past and present, are being invited, along with parishioners of St Paul’s Dover, and Our Lady of Dover. The special Mass will be followed by a picnic, with entertainment, and lots of fun activities.
The school has set up a special committee, led by governor Paul Padfield, who are planning the event. Paul says, “We are inviting members of the community as well as local dignitaries. We have even located original pupils who came to the school on the very first day! We want to pay tribute to St. Richard’s and the important part it has played at the heart of our community.”
The committee is commissioning commemorative medals to mark the 50th anniversary of the school. These will be distributed on the day, as a gift to all pupils. The committee has set up a Facebook page to encourage parents and past pupils to register their interest, and to submit old photographs and memorabilia. These will be displayed in a special exhibition to be held in the school on Friday 22nd June. Pupils will interview their parents and grandparents about the history of the school and bury a time capsule for the next 50 years. Every child will also design their own ceramic tile to mark the occasion and these will be set into the walls of the school.
New Headteacher James Blomfield said, “It is so important for everyone to celebrate this significant milestone and continue the great work of the school for future generations of children to come. Our shared vision has been to create an outstanding Catholic primary school, with our faith, our families and our futures at its core.”
The School is planning several exciting events in the buildup to the 50th Anniversary day including a Race Night (Fri 23rd Feb), American Supper (Fri 23rd March), Quiz Night (Fri 27th April), and International Evening (Fri 18th May). Please note these events start at 7pm in the School Hall. There will also be a ‘St Richard’s Got Talent Show’ for all parents at 1:30pm on Friday 15th June.
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