Hundreds go back to school for Chipping Sodbury reunion
12:31pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
MORE than 300 former pupils visited their old school in Chipping Sodbury for a historic school reunion.
Ex-pupils were joined by their families, including some from as far away as Australia, Canada and America, for the event at Chipping Sodbury School which marked 75 years since the school was built on its current site. Prior to opening on Bowling Road in 1938, the former grammar school was located on Chipping Sodbury High Street.
Past and current staff were also on hand to reminisce about times gone by and discuss the future of the school.
Organiser and former teacher and pupil, Mel Jeffries, said: “The total number of visitors to the school was probably very close to the 500 mark.
“Throughout the day there was a buzz of conversation and laughter as former pupils wandered the building seeking out their old classrooms, viewing the fantastic new facilities that have been added in recent years, meeting old school friends, viewing a vast number of old photographs and artefacts and meeting up with former staff.”
He added: “Also present were leavers from the last couple of years so both the new and the old were very well represented across the 75-year history of the current school building.
“It was a wonderful day enjoyed by all who attended. In fact, it was very difficult to get everybody to leave at the end – very different to when the same people attended the school as pupils.”
In the evening current head teacher Gareth Millington welcomed just under 100 former pupils to a specially-prepared school dinner in the dining room.
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