60th birthday greetings and congratulations flood in from former students at the Open Afternoon

January 19, 2014 12:09 pm

FORMER, and current, students flocked to Elfed to celebrate sixty years of education.

Hundreds of ex-pupils of Elfed High School, Buckley, attended an Open Afternoon event at the school to meet up with old friends, browse through sixty years of memorabilia and reminisce about their time there.

The visitors were treated to fifties dancing, which was performed by Year 7 students, and afternoon tea in the school’s dining hall. They were also invited to have their picture taken by a professional photographer who was documenting the generations of Elfedians within Buckley families. Students were also on hand to survey the guests about their fondest memories of Elfed and how they used to spend their Saturday nights out.

Former student, and Post-16 Learning Director at Elfed, Mrs Sally Jones, is said to have thoroughly enjoyed the event: “It was a pleasure to attend this very special event as an ex-student and current member of staff.

“The event was very well attended by members of the community confirming that Elfed High School is held in high esteem in the town. I particularly enjoyed meeting old school friends and teachers; it was a trip down memory lane. The turnout of current learners, parents, carers and staff demonstrates that we continue to be an outstanding learning community. What a fantastic day!”

Headteacher, Rosemary Jones, said: “We were overwhelmed by the support from the community for this special event in our school’s history.

“We take great pride in our school’s contribution to the lives of former students and we continue to build on past success.  In 2013, our students’ achievements were among the very best in Wales.”

Year 7 students entertained guests with their 50s dancing

The younger generation find out about the school of the past.

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Former Head of Music, Barry Smallwood, takes a trip down memory lane.

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Mr Brian Roberts was one of the school’s first students, present on the first morning on January 5th 1954.