We are now in the Swinging Sixties!
7 January 1960 - the start of the Spring Term.
This term started badly as the 5 year olds could not start school due to staff illness.
There were 350 children on the Infant School register.
The smallest class had 37 pupils.
29 February 1960 - Leap Year
The Heads of Longmeadow, Roebuck & Shephall Green met to decide between them which children
they were going to admit in April.
Longmeadow were to admit 41 new 5 year olds.
Summer Term 1960
Longmeadow Infant School had 389 pupils registered.
6 May 1960 - the school was on holiday today
as it was Princess Margaret's wedding day.
30 June 1960 - Open Evening
This school was open from 7pm - 9:30pm
so that parents could see the exhibitions of the children's work.
13 September 1960
A new school opened.
Burydale School opened its doors toady for the first time.
There were only 2 classes of children
and they had all come from Longmeadow.
A group from Miss Fellows' Class
3 February 1961
A meeting took place again to discuss overcrowding in the Infant School and it was suggested that it might be necessary to have Infant classes in Burydale School in September or January.
20 / 21 March 1961
There was a general inspection of the Infants School
by Her Majesty's Inspectors (HMI) from Essex.
The result was good!
15 June 1961
220 children received polio injections today.
The Paddling Pool June 1961
19 July 1961
The school decided to allow the general public in
to see the children's work.
The idea was not successful - there were very few visitors.
Playtime July 1961
13 September 1961
School restarted with 268 children in just seven classes - the smallest class size was 38 and the largest was 40. These children had a teacher and some part time help, but not full time. An extra teacher was employed to help a group of 13 children belonging to top class who needed extra support - these children were taken out of their classroom and taught in a 'hut'.
Harvest Festival 1961
Christmas celebrations consisted of a whole school Nativity and only the top three classes were allowed a party that went on for the whole of one afternoon before the end of term.
The younger children had a conjurer called Alan Sharon
for part of the afternoon and then a small get-together
for the rest of the afternoon.
By now there were 306 children in school and it was very difficult to get staff - a temporary teacher started teaching Class 6 but only stayed until 2:30pm and then the Head took over
as their class teacher.
At this time the Head was Miss Dews who retired in July 1975.
The number on roll rises to 338 at this time and the staffing situation was very difficult in all Infant schools in Stevenage.
Two members of staff had to bring their young children with them to school. One teacher, a Mrs Tugwell, had a 2 year old who she had to bring to school with her while she taught the top class of juniors. An arrangement was made so that the clerical assistant looked after the little boy for some of the afternoon, alongside Mrs Green's little boy who was 20 months old.
Nativity Play December 1962
9 January 1963
When children returned to school on after the Christmas holiday, the playgrounds were covered by at least a foot of snow!!
It was bitterly cold but the attendance was good.
10 January 1963
The snow was so deep that the school had to call for a tractor to push all the snow to the edges of the playground so that the children could go outside and play safely.
14 February 1963
The snow was still covering the playground and the children had only been allowed out to play 7 or 8 times since the start of the term because it was so cold outside.
Numbers now started to fall at school and children were mainly moving to Chells. One reason for this was that many people were facing redundancies and could not afford the housing near Longmeadow. Another reason was that the size of the families were growing and people were needing bigger homes.
Here are the 1960s in the Junior School.
7 January 1960
Two new teachers were appointed.
Mrs Marjorie Harvey became the class teacher for 2A.
Mrs Marian Warner became the teacher of 1M
On Saturday 30 April 1960, sixty children plus parents and staff went to the England versus Scotland Schoolboys' International football match at Wembley Stadium.
More to follow soon!