Woodside School opened 60 years ago on 28th April 1952 and celebrated in style on Friday with children and staff in 1950s costume for a morning of post war lessons, including handwriting with dipped ink pens and arithmetic in pounds, shillings and pence.
Ex pupil and Thurrock Heritage Officer Jonathan Catton came to talk to the children about life in the 50s and showed them artefacts from the borough collection. Children enjoyed a traditional school dinner of sausages and mash with jam sponge and custard followed by 1950s playground games and fairground activities including a Punch and Judy show and a carousel organized by The Friends of Woodside.
Former members of staff and some original pupils of the school came to see how the school has changed. When the school opened it was state of the art with speakers for schools’ radio in every class. Now it has interactive whiteboards and fast speed broadband.
Headteacher Edward Caines said “It was an outstanding day and children were immaculately behaved. As Woodside has always had a good reputation and is now going from strength to strength we had 60 years of success to celebrate.”