Skegness Junior School 1950s Log Book

1951
January 10: The Director of Education attended a managers’ meeting to discuss the opening of the new Junior and Infant School at Richmond Farm, Winthorpe, and to see how far this affected the present schools.
March 28: Lincolnshire county netball tournament at Skegness. Four teams from the school entered but as there were no other teams of junior age they played in the under-13 section against Skegness Grammar School, Skegness Secondary Modern, Immingham SM, Sleaford SM, Mablethorpe SM, Spring Hill SM, Lincoln, and North Somercotes.
May 4: School closed to enable 265 children and staff to go to Windsor on an educational visit. The programme included a visit to Windsor Castle and river trip to Runnymede and Magna Carta Island.
September 3: The Roman Bank classroom was vacated and handed back. An American exchange teacher joined the staff for one year.
October 25: School closed for election day.

1952

February 5: Death of King George VI broadcast during Music and Movement 11 programme.

February 8: Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II at 11 am. Third and fourth year classes assembled and listened to the proclamation over the wireless.

February 14: Third and fourth year children taken to the Town Hall to hear the proclamation read to the people of Skegness.

February 15: The two minutes’ silence was observed at 2 pm, the day of the funeral of King George VI.

February 19: Forty-eight children and two staff attended a display of gymnast and national dancing by a Danish team at the Casino.

May 2a: Forty-seven children took part in the Schools music festival at the Arcadia Theatre.

July 25: The American exchange teacher returned to Oklahoma.

1953

January 29: Thirty five children were taken by special b” in Skegness water works at Welton and Candlesby.

February 23: A sum of £10 13s. 0d had been collected by the children for the East Coast Flood Disaster Fund.

May 20: Schools’ Music Fes. tival at Parade Theatre. Sixty children in the Junior School choir were among the 400 taking part.

May 22: School held special services to prepare children for the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, June 2, 1953.

Jun* 26: Five hundred and twenty children and 15 staff went to the Central and Tower Cinemas to see the films of the Coronation.

July 3: Fifty children were taken on an educational visit to Lincoln and Tattershall.

1954

February 17: The top two years went to the Parade Cinema to see the film The Conquest of Everest.

May 25: In order to provide mid-day meals for children whose mothers went to work in the summer, extra meals were provided from the Seathorne School kitchen and these were taken by the fourth year children in the Roman Catholic Church Hall. Fifty meals a day were provided.

June 30: School reassembled at 2 pm, instead of 1.30 pm, to give the children an opportunity to watch an eclipse of the sun from noon. Classes went to Richmond Drive to observe reactions of bird life.

July 22: Educational outing to Grimsby.

November 1: It was reported that six classrooms had been entered during the weekend. Malicious damage had been done and property stolen to the value of £6 0s 9d.

November 3: A party of 130 children and five staff went to the Arcadia Theatre for an educational matinee of the Ballets Minerva.

1955

March 1: A school badge and school uniform were launched. The badge was designed by the deputy head, Mr R. E. Groom. School colours were black and amber.

1956

January 10: The school should have re-opened. but remained closed owning to an abnormal gale and blizzard cutting off electricity supplies. This prevented the heating system from working.

January 12: School reassembled in the afternoon.

May 28: A new toilet block had been built on the west side and was opened to the children

1957

January 10: A teacher was seconded to teach Hungarian refugees at the YMCA.

February 4: Eight Hungarian refugee children were admitted to the school.

June 20: The annual school sports were held. Miss Gladys Setliff, Principal of Hollis Junior High School, Oklahoma, USA, presented the trophies. Champion Girl was Susan Waite and champion boy, Anthony Greenfield.

September 30: The headteacher attended the official opening of the Morris Secondary School.

Source: Skegness Standard 10th May 1985

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