10 Feb 2014

Pupils from Newcastle Church High School celebrated the school’s 129th birthday this week with live music, games and the customary cake.

The school, which was established in 1885, will merge with Central Newcastle High School later this year to form Newcastle High School for Girls, making its last ever birthday a particularly significant one for pupils and staff alike.

Pupils from the senior school celebrated with a pizza party and traditional games, before the junior school joined in for a whole-school conga dance to “North-Eastern swing” band, Rod Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra.

Finally, pupils sang “happy birthday” to the school, with each house cutting a birthday cake.

Junior school pupil, Annie Aarvold, aged 4, said: “It’s been great fun today celebrating the school’s birthday, I really enjoyed dancing to the swing band and cutting the cake!”

Head Teacher, Joy Gatenby, said: “It’s been a particularly memorable day for us all as we wish the school its final “happy birthday”, however, we’re all really excited for the next chapter, and look forward to celebrating many successful years for Newcastle High School for Girls once the school opens its doors in September.”

To celebrate 129 years of Church High, the school is commissioning a commemorative silver coin which is embossed with both the old and new school logos, along with the school’s motto. The coin will be gifted to all existing staff and pupils, although alumni, parents and friends of the school are also welcome to order one. To register your interest in the coin, email or call Mrs Timney on 0191 281 4306 ext. 218.

The school is also looking forward to a number of celebratory events this year, including a Heritage Weekend for pupils past and present. Upcoming events include:

For more information on the Heritage Weekend events, contact the school on 0191 281 4306.