St Michael’s School celebrates its half-century
(l-r) John Spatchet, teacher from 1971-2009 and chairman of governors, pupil, Bishop Karen Gorham,
Ron Jenkinson, headteacher, Rev Suzanne Pattle, with two more pupils behind.
St Michael’s Middle School had two special days of celebration
to mark its 50th birthday.
On the first, Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne and acting Bishop of Salisbury, and Rev Suzanne Pattle from St Michael’s Church, paid a visit.
The bishop addressed the whole school who were on the sports field in the
shape of a giant ‘50’.
On the second, the three surviving former headmasters were amongst more than 300 ex-pupils and staff members who attended to reminisce.
They were entertained by the wonderfully successful St Michael’s Orchestra and Jazz Band under the direction of Ed Johnston, the school's music teacher.
Andrew Jones, the deputy head when the school opened in 1971 and who was representing the first headmaster, the late Martin Neeve, 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.”
(l-r) Andrew Jones, deputy head when the school opened until 2001, Paul Nation, headteacher 1999-2013, Malcolm Chisholm, headteacher 1984-1999 and Ron Jenkinson, headteacher 2013 onwards.