St Erth School Centenary
St Erth School have recently celebrated their centenary. The School opened on 3 April 1922 and the actual anniversary was marked by a service in St Erth Church. At the service, following a brief history from the current Headteacher, Mr Bill Coleman, pupils entertained the congregation with some of their favourite school songs and shared their thoughts for the future of the school. The service was well attended by current and former staff, governors and pupils. The members of St Erth Chapel also joined the service, reflecting the coming together of the two communities, who had each run their own Schools in the village for many years, before the new Council School replaced them both.
On the following Saturday, 9 April, the main celebratory event took place at the School. Brilliant sunshine greeted the large crowd that turned out, many of whom had travelled from out of County to join in the celebrations and some of whom had attended in the 1930s. The afternoon started with speeches from the current Headteacher, as well as two previous Heads, Keith Dibley and Niki Rogers. The children entertained the crowd with singing and Maypole dancing and then played contentedly in the school grounds whilst parents and visitors reminisced and caught up with friends they had not seen in a very long time.
There was an extensive exhibition detailing the history of the school, as well as many fascinating displays from various village organisations. Refreshments were provided by the School's fundraising group, the village Feast committee and the Star Inn. It truly was an inclusive event, embraced by the whole village, and one to be remembered for many years to come.
The celebrations concluded a week later, with a performance from local band, The Sandy Acre 7, in the Church Hall. The band generously donated the entrance takings to the School. There was a large audience of mainly village families, as well as staff from the School. After some persuasion, the Headteacher took to the stage, sharing his moment of fame with an incredibly supportive group of parents and pupils.
To mark the centenary, there is a new book telling the full story of the school from the initial resistance to the idea of a Council School right up to the challenges of the recent pandemic. The book, 'One Hundred Years & Counting' costs £10 and, thanks to generous support with printing costs, all proceeds will go to School funds. If you would like a copy please contact the School - 01736 753153.