Glenmere’s 50th Anniversary

The text on this page below has been taken from our original 50th Anniversary Celebrations Webpage. We have since updated our Website, but kept that page online. Everything to do with our 50th Anniversary Celebrations, such as photographs associated with Glenmere from the 1960s/70s/80s/90s/000s, Time Capsule information and Land Information where Glenmere is situated is available on the original 50th Anniversary Webpage by clicking here

What’s on our 50 Year Anniversary page below…

– What we will be doing to celebrate Glenmere’s 50th Anniversary
– Pictures from the past
– Glenmere’s Year 2000 Time Capsule
– Glenmere’s Land Information

What did we do to celebrate our anniversary?

50 year Anniversary Celebrations:

Glenmere Primary School opened in 1964, this means that 2014 marks 50 years of the school being open. We made plans with our staff and the PSA to celebrate this and we are so pleased about how things came together and what we have achieved during the 2013-2014 academic year. We firstly drew together many memories from old staff and pupils from the school over those 50 years. This was done in a number of ways: Through word of mouth, a leaflet drop of the local area, our website, a special Facebook page and through coffee afternoons to invite people to share photos and memories. We also had people who went to Wigston Records Office and Leicester University library to find out what we could. Here is a summary of what has been achieved this year to celebrate our schools 50th anniversary and ensure that memories from the school, both past and present, live on well into the future.

50 Years of Memories Facebook Page:

The PSA 50 Year Celebration Planning Committee set up a Facebook page in October 2013 to help pull together positive memories, old photos and history about Glenmere Primary school over the past 50 years. The page is called ‘Glenmere Primary School 50 Years of Memories’. We have had lots of support for this page and we are so pleased that about 430 ‘liked’ the page, many of whom have used it to post valuable memories and photos from Glenmere over the years. Many of these were subsequently used in our ’50 Years of Memories’ Magazine and some can be viewed on the photo timeline below.

Please do not post any photos of current pupils on this page, this page is for old school photos only.

Here is the link for the page:

Golden Daffodils:

On Friday, 1st November every child in school planted a daffodil bulb at the front of the school to start our 50 years anniversary celebrations. These daffodils bloomed in the spring of 2014 and looked beautiful. We are looking forward to them flowering for years to come.

50 Year Anniversary ‘Memory Sharing’ Coffee Afternoons:

Thank you to everyone who came to our two ‘Memory Sharing’ Coffee Afternoons on Friday 15th November and Friday 14th February. They both went very well, lots of people came with their memories and memorabilia. People chatted about what they remember and looked through some of the photos that we have.

50 Years of Memories Celebration Magazine:

We have now finished our 50 Years Celebration Magazine. It is a full colour, 34 page, professionally designed, glossy magazine full of past and present photos, memories, current pupil drawings and school history. We have very much appreciated everyone’s support in providing the information to help make this magazine possible. It is a real keepsake for anyone who is or has been involved at Glenmere in any way over the past 50 years. They are now available to purchase from Glenmere office at a cost of £3.50 each. If you would like a copy posted to you within the UK we can do that for a cost of £5.50 for one copy (which includes £2.00 towards postage & packing costs) or £10 for two copies posted to the same address. If you would like them posted then please send us a cheque for the correct amount payable to ‘Glenmere Primary School’ and a covering note with your name and address on. You can send this to: Glenmere Community Primary School, Estoril Avenue, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 3RD. Thank You. Please see the timeline below for a picture of the magazine.

Time Capsule:

Glenmere have a time capsule that has been buried in the ‘Quiet Area’ since the year 2000. This was dug up by the builders, by mistake, during the Quiet Area renovations. The capsule has now be opened to see what is in there (to see what was in there scroll down to the bottom of this page for a link to a special PowerPoint presentation about it) and new items from 2014 were added. We have now buried the new capsule in a special purpose built case, which is marked with a special plaque so that it can be opened in 2039 as part of the 75 years celebrations. (You can see a photo from the burial in the timeline below)

50 Year Anniversary Celebration Day:

We had a wonderful day at our 50 year anniversary celebrations on Friday, 20th June 2014. Our celebrations were helped a lot by the beautiful British sunshine in that day. In the morning we had an assembly with the Oadby & Wigston Mayor and some former staff & students. Following the assembly we buried the time capsule. ‘Circus Sensible’ who came that day did a fantastic and very funny performance for the children and staff in the morning as well as circus workshops in the afternoon & at the Fayre. The performance at the fayre was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone there too. We had a great time at our celebration Summer Fayre. Lots of visitors came and there was a wonderful celebration atmosphere. As well as the Circus Big Top, we had inflatables, rides, a BBQ, Refreshments, lots of games, the Great Glenmere Bake Off, Raffle and much more. We also enjoyed our school choir, a saxophonist and Guthlaxton College’s brass/ Jazz band who all added to a wonderful celebration feel with their brilliant music. We would like to thank all the PSA, staff and other volunteers who helped make it such a wonderful day. We are also very pleased to let you know that we manage to raise about £1460 at the Fayre which will go into the PSA school improvement fund. A big thank you to everyone from our school and local community who joined us and supported this event.

Here are some of the pictures and memories that we have found about our school over the past 50 years. Thank you to everyone who has brought in old photos or posted them on our Facebook page. We put the photos in date order ending with the plans and initial photos of the school being built in 1962/3 and the opening in 1964.

We had an AMAZING day of celebrations for our 50 year anniversary on Friday 20th June 2014. Our celebration day was much helped by our beautiful English summers day. We have had a fabulous time, our day included an assembly with some wonderful former staff & pupils visiting us. Circus Sensible did performances and workshops for the kids all day. We buried the time capsule with the Mayor of Wigston. We also had a wonderful & very successful Summer Fayre. It was an all round successful day! Thank you for everyone’s support & the tireless work of our PSA, school staff and volunteers. You made our day truly brilliant!! Here is a photo from our ‘Big Top Circus’ Celebration Summer Fayre. Click the link below to view more photos.

50 Year Anniversary Celebration Day Photos (This link takes you to the photos from the day on our old Website)