A SCHOOL in South Tyneside school is gearing up for its centenary celebrations.
St Bede’s RC Primary in Harold Street, Jarrow, marks 100 years as an education establishment on February 2, 2014.
Work has started on an events programme to commemorate the occasion, with plans for a display of memorabilia taking centre stage.
Headteacher Moya Rooney and her staff are keen to hear from anyone with links to the school, from its beginnings to the present day.
She said: “We are starting all the work because come February, when the 100th birthday is, we want displays of photographs and children’s work.
“We are appealing for people who have got photographs and memories of the school to get in touch.
“People think because it’s a 100th birthday, we want photos from the 1920s and 30s, but we want displays from each decade, even from the children who have just left.”
The school has set aside three weeks this term for pupils to take part in history-themed activities.
They have already written to high-profile former pupils, including South Tyneside Council’s chief executive, Martin Swales, asking for memories.
The children are also working on a commemorative mosaic for the new outdoor classroom and stained glass windows for the hall.
Knitting group The Materialistics have also completed a finger-knitted picture for the school and a centenary calendar is now on sale.
“This is our legacy for the next 100 years,” said Mrs Rooney.
A mass will be held at the school on Friday, January 31, after which it will be open to the public, with open days held up to the February half-term, to allow people to look at the displays.
In the summer term, the school hopes to stage a musical production for the first time in recent years.
St Bede’s RC Primary is one of the few remaining red-brick buildings in the borough, as many have been replaced with new schools.
Mrs Rooney said: “The school has been remodelled over the years, and it has not always been a primary school, but there has been education in this building for 100 years.”
If you can contribute something to the centenary project, contact the school on 489 8218, e-mail email@example.com or speak to someone in the school office.