Former pupil of William Patten, Kathleen Housden, visited the school for a special ‘Welcome back’ assembly last week. Kathleen was at the school in the 1920s, when it was known as ‘Church Street School’. To mark her recent 104th birthday, the KS1 children sang happy birthday and she was presented with flowers and birthday cards that the children had made. Kathleen shared some of her memories and the children looked at photographs from her time at the school. The children also learnt that Dora Gibbs, who was at the school at the same time as Kathleen, went on to represent Britain at the 1928 Summer Olympics!
Following the assembly, Kathleen took part in some filming and answered a number of the children’s questions about what the school and Stoke Newington used to be like, so that others can learn about the past from her memories and experiences.
Thank you Kathleen for supporting our local heritage project. We would love for you to come and visit us again soon. Thank you also to Jonathan Gebbie and to Betty and Jeff Manning (Olive and Ava Y3) for your part in supporting the visit, and also to John Guest, twin brother of Pam Guest, who also attended the assembly and took part in filming.