Junior School Foundation Day Balloon Race 26th June 2013

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Up, up and away on Foundation Day


The Junior School marked the school's 175th anniversary with a very special day of celebrations on 26th June.

The day started with a ceremony to mark the beginning of the building of the new Junior School Dining Hall with the first piece of soil being turned by Head Girl, Hannah Koster, ably assisted by nursery pupil Anna Davis.

Everyone then made their way to the front of the school where each pupil, teacher, governor and guest were able to release a balloon for the 175th Anniversary Balloon Race. The red, gold and navy blue balloons made a spectacular sight as they floated up above the school. STOP PRESS, on 3rd July we received our first returned balloon race ticket sent home to us from Wiry-au-Mond, in the Somme area of Northern France.

The pupils then enjoyed an Anniversary Street party on the playground and will be joined by their parents for tea later this afternoon.

These anniversary festivities have all taken place on what is a very significant day for Walthamstow Hall.  June 26th marks the day upon which, in 1878, the foundation stone of the school building was laid in Holly Bush Lane. Very appropriately the piece of soil turned for the building of the new Dining Hall was lifted today using the original trowel used to lay the foundation stone in the nineteenth century.

Special thanks to the Friends and Parents who organised the Balloon Race so brilliantly.