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Children twist and jive as they celebrate school's 60th anniversary
Schoolchildren were twisting and jiving to the beats of the 1950s as they celebrated their school’s 60th anniversary today.
Even the teachers were getting into the spirit of the day, donning polka-dot dresses and slick back hair at Moss Hall Infant and Junior School in Nether Street, West Finchley.
The school first opened in 1952, but did not celebrate its official opening until two years later.
Paying homage to Moss Hall’s heritage, Capital Gold DJ Dean Martin got the children dancing to 50s hits, twisting to the floor and doing the Conga around the school hall.
Ten-year-old Daphne Shea said: “We also had a little show from the cast from Mammia Mia the musical – it was really fun. We were all putting our hands up in the air and clapping along.”
Former pupils also turned out to celebrate the school’s big day. Recalling her time at Moss Hall, Niki Bettis said: “I left here in 1981. It’s bringing back a lot of good memories being here. When I was in nursery, I remember getting my nails checked every morning to see if they were clean and had been cut.
“But the playground was central to the school day – it’s not the lessons but the playing outside and the interactions and making up games with my friends that I really remember.
“We would make up routines from the Top of the Pops we’d watched the night before. You had to make your own entertainment in those days.”
Leading up to the anniversary, pupils have also been busy learning about the history of the school.
Hayden Smith, nine, said: “I have really liked learning what the school was like and the games they used to play like Cluedo and tiddlywinks.
“One boy and one girl would sit at each desk, and the food was really weird – they used to eat minced beef and spam fritters.”
Patricia Grant, headteacher of the junior school, said: “I am so proud to be the headteacher of such an amazing school with a wonderful community and am looking forward to building on our history so that our children become life-long learners and enjoy a future filled with success and happiness.”
The school’s celebrations culminated with a balloon release and teachers and pupils will join together to sing the Moss Hall song.
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