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Jurby School celebrates anniversary 28 February 2007

JURBY School is marking 25 years in its present building with a series of events.

The anniversary of the move from its former home at what was colloquially known as ‘The Bean Can’ is being celebrated on Monday, March 26.

On Friday, March 23 at 8pm at the Jurby Hotel, an 80s disco will take place as a fund-raiser. At 5pm on Monday, March 26 in the school hall, there will be an exhibition of old photos of past pupils and staff, featuring log books spanning 1866, when a school first opened in Jurby, to 1930. Staff and pupils past and present are invited to attend. There will be specially made cakes with pictures of the school and its logo, to be served with tea and coffee.

Earlier that day children will be deciding, from their favourite dishes, what to have for school dinner.

At 3pm Michael MHK David Cannan will present all the children with a special first-day cover as a keepsake. It features stamps depicting Jurby Church, donated by the Post Office, on an envelope designed by George Holland and featuring a special logo.

The school has moved premises several times. Indeed, Jurby was without a school for a brief period in the 1960s and 1970s.

‘The school was previously housed in “The Bean Can”, which is where Brian Walmsley’s joinery business is now. The Bean Can was its nickname as it was all corrugated iron and wood,’ said Mrs Beck, who has been head for the last 17 years.

The present school was opened by J. J. Radcliffe, MHK for Michael, on March 26, 1982. Mike Berry was the head teacher at the time.

‘At the time the number of pupils on the roll was around 60 and there were four staff. Our school roll is now 84 and we have six teachers plus four NNEBs and three learning support assistants, plus me. In addition to when the school first opened, we have a full-time nursery and a special unit,’ said Mrs Beck.

Mrs Beck added:

‘We are also going to be planting a small wood with a plaque to commemorate the anniversary. The Friends of Jurby School have part-financed a redesign of our gardens by Andrew Livesey in conjunction with the Manx Wildlife Trust, which is giving us a grant.’

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