GALLERY: School celebrates 50th birthday with day of fun

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It’s been 50 years since a Bedford lower school opened its doors for the first time - a great excuse for a celebration.

Staff and pupils at Hazledene Lower School held a fun day to mark the anniversary, unveiling a new mural in the playground, planting a time capsule and releasing balloons.

Hazeldene School's 50th birthday celebrations

Hazeldene School's 50th birthday celebrations

Head teacher Helen Ward said the time capsule contained items chosen by the children to represent themselves as they are today, and their hopes for the future.

She said: “It will be opened on June 17, 2041, twenty-five years from now. It contains items such as photographs of everyone in the school and the school singing on a CD.”

The mural was painted on the walls of the playground by artist Katy Dynes. It features illustrations created by the children, and took about week to complete.

Ms Ward said: “The mural is fantastic. We are so proud of all the children and the school.

We are looking forward to becoming a primary school in 2017 and another 50 years of continued success for our pupils.”

The school invited Richard Fuller MP to start the balloon race, and Councillor Henry Vann to help bury the capsule.