June 2015 is a month that will remain in the memories of Brampton pupils for a very long time as Greatfield’s primary school celebrated its centenary.
Brampton Primary – or Brampton Road Council School as it used to be called – first opened in 1915 and had singer Dame Vera Lynn among early pupils. On Saturday 13 June, the school’s doors were flung open to the local community, as a mix of local residents and pupils past and present came together for one huge party masterminded by chair of governors, Kevin Jenkins.
It is estimated that over 4,000 visitors passed through the school, enjoying special art work devoted to different decades of the school’s 100 years produced by pupils. In the hall there was a variety of performances, not to mention a wide variety of stalls promoting local organisations and selling everything from tea towels designed by pupils to some rather tasty cakes. The party even spilled out into Brampton Park where West Ham and Pro Star Football ran activities, supported by refreshments served up by the Greatfield Residents’ Association, working out of our Rainbow Centre.
Younger visitors had plenty to occupy them too with a choice of inflatable play areas to bounce around in, as well as opportunities to explore a police car and fire engine.
Perhaps the most touching part of the celebration, though, took place back in the school’s parents’ room where old girls and boys from yesteryear plunged into boxes of old photos, reports and registers, giggling over pictures of themselves, reminiscing about their school days and hugging former friends. I think it’s safe to say, a great day was had by all.
View more pics from the day here.
By Greatfield Residents Association member Susan