Pierrepont Gamston Primary School held their Harvest Festival Worship on Monday 3rd October. However, things were a little different to normal as the school took the opportunity to celebrate 21 years since the school opened.
The worship was attended by governors, past and present, members of St Luke’s Church, representatives from the Southwell and Nottingham Diocese and over 300 children.
At the start of the worship, Diane Kidger, a member of the governing body when the school moved from its old site on the A52 when it was known as Holme Pierrepont CofE School. She spoke about how the old school had just 2 classrooms and how children had to use outside toilets.
John Heard (the school’s first Headteacher) and Karen Moss (one of the first teachers to be appointed) then spoke about setting up the school from scratch. This was followed by ex-pupils of the school sharing their memories of their time at Pierrepont Gamston – two of them are now studying at Cambridge University, whilst the other two are now primary school teachers.
Throughout the thanksgiving worship, children from the school shared what they had found out about the school from 21 years ago, what the school is like now and how we can expect the school to change in the future. As part of looking forward, a time capsule is to be buried which will be opened when the school reaches its 50th anniversary.
Mark Fraser, the vicar at St Luke’s Church, then spoke before Ben Talbot from The Friary in West Bridgford came forward to accept the donations provided by the children: Some children had brought non-perishable food, whilst others gave 21 coins – one for each year since the school was built.