School marks its 100th birthday

Ryhill J&I are celebrating their 100th birthday. Ex staff and students came into school for the celebration. (H542L312)
Ryhill J&I are celebrating their 100th birthday. Ex staff and students came into school for the celebration. (H542L312)

More than 100 red balloons were released by youngsters at Ryhill J&I School last week to mark the school’s centenary.

The balloons each had a tag containing the school’s contact details.

Staff and pupils at the Chapel Street school celebrated their landmark birthday with two weeks of events.

Former pupils and staff were given a tour of the school to see how it had changed and were treated to a performance by current students.

Emma Jones, headteacher, said: “The school has changed dramatically for some of the old staff and pupils - we don’t have a bell tower anymore and the kitchen is now a nursery.

“The children enjoyed hearing about the school’s history. I think it is vital for them to know about their heritage.”

The Express also turns 100 this year and you can see more about Ryhill J&I’s centenary celebrations in our special 100th birthday supplement on April 18.