Shrivenham School steps back in time

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CHILDREN from Shrivenham CE Primary School were transported back to a time when pupils sat in regimented rows and wrote on slates.
The trips to a Victorian school were part of ongoing 150th birthday celebrations at the school.

Frank Venables, Diocesan Foundation Governor, has written a book on the school that is due for publication in June.
Shrivenham is best known for being the home of the Royal Military College of Science, now incorporated into the UK Defence Academy. Women from the Academy are making a quilt comprising children’s handprints that will hang in the school hall.

A special flower bed commemorating the event is to be produced during the school holidays and a sculpture is being commissioned as a lasting memorial of the occasion.
The Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud, will be at a special family service at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday, 8 September and during the week there will be other activities, including a Victorian Day, a Victorian fete and St Andrew’s tower team will ring a special peal. On the Saturday evening there will be a party for adult villagers and past pupils in the Memorial Hall. For more information contact Jane Venables on 01793 783803.

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