A SCHOOL at the heart of a village community has been celebrating its 100th birthday.
And generations of pupils of Marsden Junior School – past and present – were there to join in the celebrations.
The school, on Manchester Road, marked its centenary by theming each classroom on a different decade from the 1920s to 1970s.
Classes spent four weeks researching their decade before dressing in period clothing and filling their classroom with artefacts (such as a 1970s Space Hopper and a 1920s Ovaltine mixer) and photos of the school from their allocated decade.
Each pupil received a mug with an anniversary emblem designed by year-four pupil Holly Mills, who won a competition to design a logo for the school’s centenary.
Pupils also received a commemorative tea towel printed with photos of every pupil.
A commemorative mural will be designed for the school hall after the celebration day which was organised by the school and Friends of Marsden School.
Deputy headteacher Helen Hoare said: “It was a fun day for everyone.
“A lot of the children who were there will have parents and grandparents who were pupils at the school.
“Because it’s a small village it’s a community event.
“Because of all the photos, parents and so on will be able to find themselves in the pictures. We’re very fortunate to have so many photos and press cutting from the 1930s onwards. It’s a real blast from the past.”
Marsden Council School was opened in 1910 by the Colne Valley Education Committee.
The school, which was built for £6,190, educated pupils aged seven to 11 in reading, writing and arithmetic for a fee of 4d to 10d per week.
A report from the Colne Valley Guardian describes it as: “a handsome and imposing building ... The building is bright, well-equipped and arranged on the most modern lines for the accommodation of 420 mixed scholars.”
In 1930 the school became Marsden Senior School educating pupils aged 11 to 14.
In 1960 the school became a junior school again when Colne Valley High School opened.
Ms Hoare added: “We had some major redecorations last year but very little has changed.
“The tiles on many of the walls are still there, it’s just they’ve been painted over. It’s all very similar.”