Reunion day to say goodbye to school site

Some of the pupils with their memory lanterns.
Some of the pupils with their memory lanterns.

Staff, parents and pupils at a north Northumberland first school are preparing to say goodbye to their site before moving into the middle school.

Next Friday is the end of an era as it’s the last day that Wooler First School will operate from its Ryecroft Way site before moving to join Glendale Community Middle School on the Brewery Road site from September.

And to mark the occasion, they are inviting anyone who has had anything to do with the school over the last 40 years to drop in from 10am to 3pm for a cup of tea and a chat to share their memories. Children and staff will be performing a special leaving song every hour.

The pupils have already been taking part in a series of activities to celebrate the school’s stint on Ryecroft Way. During the recent weeks, artists Frances Anderson and Paula Turner, from Drywater Arts, have been helping the children to create memory lanterns.

Each child in school produced a lantern that lit up in a spectacular display.

Two weeks ago, on Friday evening, pupils stayed behind at school and took part in forest school-based activities including cooking tea on the campfire.

Parents and carers joined their children at around 7pm. Most families pitched a tent on the school field ready for an evening of fun.

The magical lantern walk was held at 9pm around the streets of Wooler.

On returning to the school, the children could see the tea light and mandala patterns that they had created on the schoolyard. Then they began to settle down for a night under canvas.

“It was an exciting and exhausting evening for all those involved,” said Peter Lindley, Reception class teacher and Early Years leader.

For more information about the reunion day next Friday, contact the school on 01668 281260.