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Week of events to celebrate North Tyneside school’s centenary

Stephen Miller MBE and Coun Tommy Mulvenna join in the centenary celebrations at Woodlawn School.
Stephen Miller MBE and Coun Tommy Mulvenna join in the centenary celebrations at Woodlawn School.

A host of activities has taken place celebrating a school’s 100th anniversary.

A week of events at Woodlawn School in Monkseaton ended with a parent presentation and a school garden party.

Children having fun at Woodlawn School's garden party.

Children having fun at Woodlawn School's garden party.

North Tyneside Council’s chairman Tommy Mulvenna launched the week of activities with an official community event, attended by councillors, local employers, past and present school staff, health professionals and governors.

Headteacher Gill Wilson outlined how the school’s work this year was focused on employability, ensuring Woodlawn pupils have new and interesting opportunities in the world of work.

The school’s employability programme has been developed, with new accredited courses in careers being delivered alongside development and increasing work experience opportunities.

Jackie Old, head of service for health, education, care and safeguarding at the council, welcomed the visitors to Woodlawn and congratulated the school on its ongoing work to improve outcomes for students with complex health and special educational needs.

Stephen Miller MBE attended and cut the ribbon on a piece of art consisting of tiles individually designed and painted by each pupil and member of staff, representing what Woodlawn means to each of them.

Also during the week, North Tyneside Learning Trust supported the school to deliver a World of Work day, including a wide range of visitors working in school with each class to develop their understanding of work and the world beyond the classroom.

A school spokesperson said: “The team at Woodlawn has worked hard to ensure every stakeholder in the school community has been part of this special celebration.”