St Francis Alumni
75th Anniversary of St Francis School (1941-2016)

St Francis School has certainly come a long way since its early days in September 1941 when Miss Phyllis Burden started with four pupils at the Rectory in Pewsey. We are very keen to mark this milestone in the school’s history with as many former members of the school community as possible and therefore are very much hoping that you will be able to join us for our Celebration Event on the last Sunday of June.

Additionally, for those who live locally, or who are visiting the area for the weekend, you may wish to join us at the school on Saturday 24 June, when we are hosting a Vintage Summer Fête. Details for this event will be circulated at a later date.

I very much hope that you can come to one or both of these days in the summer. If you know of any former school members who have not received an invitation, please do ask them to get in touch.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the school for our weekend of celebration.

David Sibson

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Our year of 75th Anniversary celebrations began in style at the end of September, with a 1940’s day. We were delighted with everyone’s efforts in dressing up in period costume to celebrate the foundation of the school on 24 September 1941. As you will see from the photographs, all of our pupils and staff entered into the spirit of the occasion.

Pupils were given instruction about the correct use of gas masks and how to react when the air raid siren sounded. They listened to Mr Churchill on the wireless and had a message from a young Princess Elizabeth and heard about the very first day of the school’s existence from Miss Burden’s original diary.

The rest of the day involved a mixture of responding to air raids, eating an authentic rationed lunch. At the end of the day, all the pupils from Nursery to Year 8  joined together with the staff in the Hemery Hall for a birthday tea with a magnificent show-stopper cake.


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