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Values that last generations

by Michael Ford last modified 29 Oct, 2021 09:06 PM

Our church schools are strong on vision and values, and big milestones are an ideal opportunity to celebrate them - and of course, have some fun in the process.

To commemorate the 50th Birthday of St Michael’s Middle School in Colehill, former headteachers, staff and pupils came together for two days of celebration.  

Bishop Karen and the Revd Suzanne Pattle joined in, and there was an abundance of projects and activities in recognition of the milestone. 

Current students sat on the field in the shape of a 50 as the Bishop addressed the school, and the St Michael’s Orchestra and Jazz Band attended to entertain, directed by Ed Johnston, the school's music teacher. 

Watch a Facebook video here (and spot the Bishop!). 

Andrew Jones, Deputy Head in 1971 when the school first opened, said: 

“St Michael’s is a special place. It is built on Christian values that keeps pupils at the heart of what it does and still provides the same excellent service as the independent sector.” 

Previous headteachers Malcolm Chisholm and Paul Nation also talked about the relationships built within the school, and how they have motivated ex-staff and pupils. 

Current headmaster Ron Jenkinson said: 

“The celebration was a powerful reminder of how the core values have lasted through the generations. It was a joy to see how impressed the former students were with the facilities and the wonderful Year 8 students showed them around. The current students certainly showed that the future is very bright for St Michael's Middle School's next 50 years. 

"We are determined to use this anniversary as an opportunity to look forward and so, working with Colehill Parish Council, are planting 603 trees, one for every child at the school, as well as looking at a regeneration project for the Triangle Wood in Colehill.” 

St Michael’s has more milestones to come, compiling information from pupils and staff to create a book which will present how they have taken forward the core values of aspiration, belief and creativity. 

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