2014 has been an eventful year for St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Dinnington, as they celebrated their 50th birthday.

School staff said, “We couldn’t let this birthday pass without inviting pupils, families, staff and members of our local area (past and present) to enjoy music, food, dancing, games and nostalgia at our school party.  It was a beautiful evening and we would like to thank everyone who came along to share memories with us.

50th Birthday Mosaic s“A marvellous celebratory mosaic artwork was created, with the help of artist Andrew Heath.  Everyone in our school community helped to piece it together, and it now adorns our entrance corridor.

“The whole school based their enterprise projects around the organisation of further birthday events, and created commemorative items to sell, arranged a school picnic, and hosted an open day for parents.  A fashion show saw models of all ages strut their stuff on the catwalk, showcasing the trends of the last 50 years.  Our youngest children helped to plant a tree, which was the same species as the one planted when the school opened in 1964, which still bears beautiful blossom in the spring.  A watching grandparent had been there as a child when the first tree was planted – what a wonderful thing to share with her grandchild!  Finally, our infants thought carefully about creating a time capsule for the school, and this was buried in the school ground for future generations to discover.

“From small beginnings as a temporary school for the children of the local traveller community, the school has grown and now has 200 students from the area, who enjoy being part of our strong Catholic community.”