Celebrations to mark end of an era for school

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn with Rachael Woods, head teacher at Whitehouse Primary School.
Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn with Rachael Woods, head teacher at Whitehouse Primary School.

Staff and pupils bid a fond farewell to their old school ahead of moving into new premises.

A celebration event took place at Whitehouse Primary School on Tuesday ahead of the building closing its doors after 52 years.

After the Easter holidays, youngsters and staff will move into a new building after the Easter holidays as part of a £40m project to replace four borough schools.

To mark the end of an era pupils and staff, both past and present, were joined by parents, VIP guests for a special fun assembly filled with songs, poems, a film and even a surprise flash mob.

Headteacher Rachel Woods said: “We had a wonderful whole school celebration assembly saying goodbye to the old school. Whitehouse Primary has a special place in the hearts of so many people and it has been great to hear from former pupils and staff who’ve shared their memories of the past half century.”

“The children have enjoyed looking at all the old log books, class records and photographs we’ve kept throughout the years.

“Although it’s the end of an era for the old building which is soon to be demolished; we’re not at all sad just thrilled about moving into our lovely new school.

“Our school motto is ‘Believe in Yourself’ and everyone associated with our school – the staff, parents, governors and of course the children – are happy and believe that they have a fantastic future ahead of them in a beautiful school which is offering them the very best start in life.”

When the children return in April they will go into their fabulous new state-of-the-art school and nursery built right next door on the existing grounds.

With its bright and airy classrooms, Learning Resource Centre, multi-purpose hall with stage lighting, community room, lots of outside space and a Multi-Use Games Area, the new school is impressive.

After the assembly a delighted Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This was a historic day and it was a fabulous way for the whole school community to say farewell to the old building which has so many amazing memories for people in the area.

“I spoke with so many children and they all told me how excited they are and how they are really looking forward to becoming the first ones to be educated in the lovely new school that they’ve been eagerly watching being built for the past two years.

“Such boundless enthusiasm is wonderful as supporting the education of children and young people is one of our most important responsibilities; here in North Tyneside we have an excellent reputation for our education and we have high aspirations for every child to reach their full potential.

“I’m delighted that when the children come back from their Easter holidays they will move into such a fantastic purpose-built building. Our children are the best and they deserve the very best.”