Dame Vera at school’s celebrations

DAME Vera Lynn will be joining in the celebrations at Hellingly Community Primary School this month to help mark its centenary.

The school in North Street is planning a series of activities and events on Friday, June 29, and has invited the Forces Sweetheart along as a special guest.

Dame Vera will unveil a new mosaic outside, designed and made by the children, and will cut a special birthday cake. Pupils will also sing her most famous song, The White Cliffs of Dover.

Pupils, parents, teachers and governors will be involved in celebrating the school’s 100-year birthday which will include a display of artworks and an exhibition of photographs of the school, its pupils and teachers, throughout its history.

Dame Vera will also enjoy a hint of nostalgia on the day when she meets one of the pupils at Hellingly primary as the school has a photo of the Forces Sweetheart with the child’s great grandfather during a wartime visit to Burma.

Headteacher Kyra Ward said, “This has been a very special year for us at Hellingly celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and of course our own 100th Birthday.

“This has been a unique experience for the children as they have had the chance to research each decade in depth – learning songs, exploring art and dressing up in the fashion for that time.

“They have looked at the school log books which hold amazing memories of what it was like to be a pupil in 1912.

“It will be extra special having Dame Vera Lynn here to share this with this. Roll on the next 100 years!”

The school will also be holding a celebratory afternoon tea for past pupils and staff, together with an evening celebration.