St Anne's Fulshaw CE Primary School is celebrating it's 140th anniversary on Sunday, 13th November. To mark the special occasion and acknowledge the life and work of the school they have held a number of events this week.
Celebrations kicked off on Thursday, 10th November, with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Anne's Church. Then on Friday, 11th each child was given a tree to plant and a tree protector to decorate with their name and the date.
This was followed by the official opening of their new library and resource room which has been part funded by donations from egg Homes and parents of the school as well as £20,000 which was raised by the school's PTA for this project, including match funding from Barclays.
Having put in three unsuccessful bids to the Local Authority, as they were desperate for more space, the school set up a savings account and began the long journey to raise the funds themselves to construct their own building.
Amongst the fundraising initiatives there have been seven cross-country bike rides including several coast to coast ones, a ride down to Stonehenge and one from John o'Groats to Land's End.
Lee Molloy-Sherratt, who organised the cycling rides, cut the ribbon which was held at one end by the eldest child in the school and by the youngest child at the other end.
Lee said "I'd just like to say what a real honour it is for me to be able to cut this ribbon."
He added "Many of the riders were complete novices and between us, including the training rides, we have ridden twice round the world. I started these rides to get people into cycling and to give them the wonderful experience of touring on a bicycle. Many of whom just keep coming back for more.
"Over the last six years the riders and myself have achieved our dreams, I am sure the new library will help the students of St Anne's achieve their dreams too."
The 'Egg Box' will function as a library and resource room for all 130 students with a wall of shelves for books and it is fully kitted out with computer points, underfloor heating and comfortable furniture.
Head teacher Clare Daniel said "This building is a great addition to the school and we are immensely grateful to all involved for having made it happen. It will really enhance our pupils' learning experience and they can't wait for their first visits to the Egg Box."
Ms Daniel also explained that on the wall inside the Egg Box three canvasses have been hung "to inspire the children to do splendid reading". These are the winning entries from a recent school photography competition, with the theme books and reading.
Chair of Governors Claire Carter added "What better way to celebrate our 140th Anniversary than with the opening of this beautiful new building. We are all immensely proud of what has been created and can't wait for the pupils to be able to use the Egg Box and all its resources."
After the official ribbon-cutting and speeches the 140th art exhibition 'Our School' opened in the school hall, featuring a specially-designed banner created by the WI and pupils.