Milestone day for town school

NILABE110923f1sch, Ilkeston Kensington junior school celebrates 125 years. Andrew Hoult and Angela Leatherland from Ron Brooks toyota present commemorative coins. seen recieving the coins are Nathan Whitehead, Riven Place, Millie Watts, Libby Stevens, Corben-Lee Jones and Ted Hayden.
NILABE110923f1sch, Ilkeston Kensington junior school celebrates 125 years. Andrew Hoult and Angela Leatherland from Ron Brooks toyota present commemorative coins. seen recieving the coins are Nathan Whitehead, Riven Place, Millie Watts, Libby Stevens, Corben-Lee Jones and Ted Hayden.

PUPILS and staff at Kensington Junior’s donned Victorian inspired outfits to celebrate the school’s 125th birthday this week.

Commemorative coins, sponsored by Ron Brooks Toyota, were handed out to children as a memento of the occasion as they enjoyed a street party in the playground.

NILABE110923f4sch, Ilkeston Kensington junior school celebrates 125 years. Retiring senior dinner lady Diane Cook with Jane Lydon asst administrator and children.

NILABE110923f4sch, Ilkeston Kensington junior school celebrates 125 years. Retiring senior dinner lady Diane Cook with Jane Lydon asst administrator and children.

Headteacher, Lindsay Partridge, said: “It’s been a fantastic day, I’m so impressed with the effort that pupils and their families have made.

“Everyone really looks the part and we’ve had great fun.”

Pupils learned about the history of the school in the run up to the special anniversary.

Rhiannon O’Connor, ten, said: “Dressing up has been really fun and we’ve had a great day.”

Charlie Baker, also ten, added: “We’ve learned about how schools used to be.

“Teachers were a lot stricter and they had the cane and ruler as punishment.”

And Ten-year-old Molly Anderson said: “We’ve all enjoyed learning about the history of the school and it’s been a really fun day dressing up and having lunch outside with everyone.”

As well as marking the school’s milestone birthday, students and staff said goodbye to one of Kensington’s longest-serving workers, Diane Cook.

Mrs Cook, senior mid-day supervisor and cleaner at the Saint John’s Road school retired after 33 years.

She said: “I nearly didn’t come in today, I’ve been here for so long now it will be weird not coming to work any more.

“I’ve seen whole generations pass through over the years, when the new one’s start there’s always someone who’s parents I recognise and think I was here when your mum was little.”

Mrs Partridge added: “I know we won’t have seen the last of her and we’re glad of that.

“There aren’t any words we could say to thank her properly.”