Branching out for school's birthday

PUBLISHED: 11:39 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 26 October 2009

Pupils Elena Savvas and Chris Negus help plant tree

Pupils Elena Savvas and Chris Negus help plant tree

BIRTHDAY celebrations were had by school pupils and staff for their 25th anniversary. St Mary s School in Welham Green marked the founding of their combined school by planting a silver birch tree to mark the silver anniversary. It was on February 3, 1983,

BIRTHDAY celebrations were had by school pupils and staff for their 25th anniversary.

St Mary's School in Welham Green marked the founding of their combined school by planting a silver birch tree to mark the silver anniversary.

It was on February 3, 1983, that North Mymms Junior School and Bush Wood Infants came together on the Dellsome Lane site where previously just the younger children had been.

So on Monday, pupils gathered for a special assembly where the first St Mary's headteacher Nonita Palmer gave a special talk.

The silver birch tree was then planted on the school field with help from Dutch Nursery employees, youngest pupil Elena Savvas and oldest pupil Chris Negus.

It was bought by the Friends of North Mymms - supporters of the school.

Mrs Palmer, who was head for 18 years, said: "There have been a lot of changes in the way of computers and white boards.

"But the school is more than just the building and this school is very much part of the community."

She added: "I am delighted to be able to share this special occasion with pupils and staff."

Other special guests included chair of governors Roger Dean and the Rev Sally Davenport of St Mary's Church, to which the school is linked.

It was a particularly memorable event for new headteacher Jane Guy, who started at the school just weeks ago.

She said: "The school is constantly developing and changing, and I hope to be part of that process in the future years here.

"The staff are very talented and dedicated, so I hope to continue to improve on that."

She added: "It's a wonderful school and the fact that it is part of the community gives it a family feel.

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