Fifty purple balloons have been released into the air above a Huyton school to mark its 50th anniversary. Staff at St Joseph's Catholic Primary marked the golden milestone with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and a party for governors, staff and students. The children enjoyed a party box meal, provided free by Knowsley School Meals Service, and a cup cake decorated in school colours.
Speaking at the Mass in September, Archbishop Malcolm congratulated head teacher Charlie Newstead and his staff on their efforts in making St Joseph's "truly a school based on Jesus's teaching". He then joined the children in releasing the 50 balloons.
St Joseph’s continued its celebrations in November by setting up a museum of artefacts and stories from the 1960s with an invitation to past pupils to visit and add their own memories. Colette Wilson, daughter of the current chair of governors John Mulcahey, was among the first children to start school at St Joseph's and she recalled: "It was always a happy school. I remember wooden desks in rows, much bigger class sizes and the teachers including Mrs O'Keefe, Miss Beesley and the headmaster Mr Walsh."
Today's pupils have been studying the history of 1966 and singing songs from that year – including Yellow Submarine by the Beatles. They also buried a time capsule containing photographs of the school today, messages recorded on a pen stick, and ideas from pupils about what school might be like in another 50 years' time.