HUNDREDS of yellow balloons filled the sky as pupils at a South Tyneside school celebrated its 50th anniversary.
St Oswald’s RC Primary School in Nash Avenue, South Shields, has been educating the people of the borough for the past five decades.
Pupils marked the occasion by learning about the times gone by since the school first opened its doors, putting on special decade-themed performances and taking part in a balloon release.
Headteacher Mary Lightfoot said: “The children were incredibly excited to release all the balloons. We gave each year group a decade since the 1960s and they had to research it, put together a PowerPoint presentation and a performance all about their decade, and they dressed up too.
“We invited parents to watch the balloon release and the children just loved it.
“They’ll never forget that they were at the school for the 50th anniversary.
“The performances were fantastic as well. The reception class had this decade, and they sang Let It Go, the song from Frozen, and it was very cute.”
The school also created a display of photographs from across the years and invited past pupils and staff to come along and share their memories. Mrs Lightfoot added: “It was a very special time at the school and it was lovely for me to hear from people who’ve worked at the school over the years or been a pupil here.
“I’ve only been at the school for four years, so it was very interesting to find out what it used to be like.”