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Sageston CP School Turns 70 Years Old

On Wednesday 15th February, Sageston CP School held an Open Afternoon in honour of its 70th birthday.  The school having opened its doors for the first time on 18th February 1953.

During the afternoon, former and current pupils and their families, staff and Governors spent time perusing a huge range of photos from the school’s 70-year history which were displayed in the lobby to the school and the school hall.  As well as organising the display, members of the Friends of Sageston School (FOSS) helped out by serving teas, coffees and cakes, which had been generously donated by Co-op in Pembroke and members of the school community.

In attendance were former Headteachers Mrs Joan Morris and Mr Adam Lopez, with Mrs Morris giving a speech about her forty years of working in the school.  In addition, Mr John Brock MBE, a member of the school’s governing body for over forty years (over half of which were as Chair), also shared a story and spoke about his love of the school.

A number of guests were pupils in the school when it opened in 1953 and they were delighted to be back and to have an opportunity to walk around to see how the building and its grounds had changed over the past 70 years.  Everyone was treated to three wonderful songs performed by pupils in Kingfisher and Swan Classes.  As well as a special song sung in aid of Mr Brock (‘This Little Light of Mine’) they sang beautiful renditions of ‘When I Grow Up’ and a song which had been sang when the school opened – ‘Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise’.

Current Headteacher, Mr Adam Welch, stated that it was an honour and privilege to be the current leader of the school and promised to preserve the rich history of the school whilst also ensuring that current and future pupils were given every opportunity to create lifelong memories during their time at the school.

Throughout the week of the Open Afternoon, pupils across the school learnt about different decades from the 1950s to the 1980s as part of a History Week in aid of the school’s birthday.  This included pupils and staff dressing up at the start and end of the week in costumes which reflected the decade they were learning about during the week.  To conclude the week, there was a whole school celebration on Friday afternoon where each class shared some of what they had learnt about the decade they had been studying with the rest of the school.


Pupils from Kingfisher and Swan Classes perform to the assembled guests.

Displays of photos chronicling the school’s history were displayed digitally and throughout the hall.

From back to front, left to right: Mr Matthew Kelly (former teacher), Mr Nathan Davies (Assistant Headteacher), Miss Sian Cole (Senior Teacher), Mr John Brock MBE (former Chair of Governors) and Mrs Joan Morris (former Headteacher)

Pupils from Barn Owl Class dressing up in their finest 60s costumes