Students and staff from the past and present gathered together on July 11 2014 to celebrate one hundred years of Manor School Sports College.
Upon arrival visitors were greeted by members of the student council before making their way to the gallery area, comprising of photographs, newspaper clippings and yearbooks from the school’s archive. Memory postcards completed by those associated with the school were also on display, giving a glimpse of what Manor life was like across the decades.
Student helpers gave visitors to the celebratory event a guided tour of the school site, which has undergone many transformations during the past century. Former students remarked on the change of use of classrooms, with the home economics classroom of the 1950s now being used as a science laboratory.
The centenary garden, built by ex-student Matt Johnson and sponsored by members of the community, was opened by Jerome Betts who taught at the school between 1956 and 1960. During his speech, Mr Betts commented that he was proud to have been asked to be part of the celebrations and was delighted to see so many people there for the occasion. On cutting the ribbon, one hundred helium balloons were released into the sky, each with a tag requesting for an email to be sent to the school informing of the balloon’s location when found. So far only a handful of the balloons have been found, with the farthest reaching Whitchurch in Hampshire.
Principal Linda Brooks commented:
“It was a pleasure to welcome so many people to our school as we celebrated its centenary year. It was interesting and enjoyable to listen to the many stories our visitors had to share. We very much look forward to the next 100 years.”
With over three hundred visitors signing in to the guestbook, the event highlighted how fond people are of the school. We thank everyone for their continued support and now look forward to the next century.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our garden.
The garden was officially opened on 11 July 2014 by Jerome Betts who taught at the school in the 50’s. With the space now in use by students, staff and other visitors to the school, we are beginning to make plans for the future development of the garden. In the autumn we plan to plant spring bulbs and in particular through a donation from the Rotary Club of Thrapston and Raunds, we will be planting purple crocus as an emblem associated with the Rotary Organisations worldwide project to eradicate polio. The garden club will continue to maintain and develop the garden, as well as plan for further planting in other areas.