50 Years Anniversary: Daytime Learning
50 years of comprehensive education and still going strong!
What better way to celebrate 50 years of comprehensive education in Cirencester than by offering our pupils a taste of learning across the last five decades and opening our doors to the wider community and giving former pupils, parents, staff and governors the opportunity to relive their memories of the school.
On Wednesday 12 October 2016 we were proud to mark Cirencester Deer Park’s 50th anniversary as a comprehensive school and to celebrate our achievements and those of our pupils over time. Current pupils learnt about the school’s anniversary in their assemblies and during the day school staff turned back the clock to recreate teaching and learning experiences from across the decades. Each faculty represented a decade and dressed and taught accordingly.
Overhead projectors were dusted off and plugged in in Humanities as a part of their 1990s theme and mechanical hand held slide projectors were used in Computing to reflect the technology of the 1980s. Colleagues and the curriculum went psychedelic in Science as they had drawn the 1970s and both English and Maths recreated the 1960s with ‘Music and Movement’ on the wireless and the Maths behind the Apollo landings. It was a very special and unique day!
I was impressed by colleagues’ creativity and overwhelmed by their commitment to our ‘re-enactment’: a clear demonstration of their readiness to go the extra mile and more. Our pupils enjoyed and learnt from the experience too.
Chiquita Henson, Headteacher
‘It was absolutely amazing. I learnt about the different decades. My favourite was the 1970s. I was so enthusiastic about the disco science lesson. My teacher looked great in her disco outfit!’ Kalita, Year 10
‘I really enjoyed the day because the lessons were fun and it was good to see everyone involved.’ Sarah, Year 9
I really enjoyed Wednesday 12 October because it was a special and monumental day. In our Global Citizenship lesson we did a 1990s timeline and it was interesting to learn what went on then. Also it was funny seeing the teachers dressed up in crazy outfits.’ Fin, Year 10
‘I enjoyed the day because it was funny to see all the teachers dressed up and it was nice to do some different tasks during the day.’ Keira, Year 9
‘I really enjoyed learning about the 50th anniversary of Deer Park. I think it was good because it gave us the opportunity to learn about the different styles of dress and the events that happened in each decade.’ Bailey, Year 10
‘I especially enjoyed seeing the teachers dressed up in their outfits from a particular decade – some of them looked very amusing. Also I thought it was fun to have themed lessons and to be able to do something different. I learnt about technology and fashion from the 60s-90s, It was interesting to see how the school has developed.’ Bella, Year 10
‘I personally enjoyed seeing what the teachers were wearing and what the lessons were like. They were fun and exciting. I liked how the teachers dressed up and behaved how teachers did in that time. I loved seeing what the school was like and how it has changed over time.’ Kyia, Year 10.