Bishop Luffa celebrates a milestone

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A CITY school has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The school hosted an open day, which was attended by more than 700 past pupils, parents and teachers.

Former pupil Nick Hales said: “I thoroughly enjoyed walking around the school with my daughter, with her pointing out her classrooms and me remembering mine and relaying amusing stories and memories to her along the way.”

Jeremy Ellison joined as a pupil in 1972.

“So many memories and marvellous people,” he said. “My only regret was that three hours just wasn’t long enough.”

The open afternoon followed a cathedral jubilee service.

Pupils of all ages took part, from Josephine Kwali, one of the school’s first 62 pupils in 1963, to the two youngest members today, Emily Wallace and Callum Hitchings.

Pupils from each decade of the school’s life read prayers and the choir and band led the music.

During the service, a tapestry cross made by pupils was dedicated by canon Anthony Cane, chancellor of the cathedral and himself a governor of the school and parent.

“The cross was woven by pupils last term in the colours of the eight houses,” said Colin Lankester, deputy head teacher.

“Each thread is unique. The finished cross stands for the unique contribution of each member to the whole school community. It is now displayed in the very heart of the school.”

There was also a jubilee party at the end of the landmark day on October 5, which took place in the Bartlett Hall.

Head teacher Nick Taunt said: “The school has grown and changed enormously since those early days.

“But there’s a spirit in the place, a sense of belonging, that has burned brightly from the very first days in 1963 right up to the present day.”