A SCHOOL near Ashbourne has kicked off its 125th anniversary year by accepting a £10,000 donation for an astro turf.
Pupils at Abbotsholme enjoyed a day of celebrations as the countdown began to its official 125th anniversary, which marks the opening of the school, near Rocester, in the late 19th Century.
As part of the start of the 12 months of celebration, a fund-raising appeal was launched to buy the new synthetic surface, which has started with a £10,000 donation from the Old Abbotsholmians Club, made up of past pupils.
A new section devoted to the celebrations has been added to the school’s website and a special picture was taken, which can be seen on the News Telegraph website, of 125 pupils stood in the shape of the number 125 at the front of the school.
During the launch day this week, pupils also walked to Dr Cecil Reddie’s grave to honour the founder of the school as part of an annual service.
Abbotsholme was founded in 1889 by Dr Reddie as ‘The New School,’ and next year the school will turn 125 on 1st October 2014
From today, all Abbotsholme pupils are going on hikes across the country for three days to the Lake District, Snowdonia, the Peak District and Yorkshire.
Another milestone taking place in the first part of the celebratory year will see Norbury and Roston Pre-School, which moved to the site in January 2012, becoming known, from next week, as Abbotsholme Pre-Prep School.
Fund-raising activities to raise money for the astro turf include asking people to donate 125 auction prizes for an online auction to be run next year and the launch of an events programme for 2014.
Promotional merchandise will be available with new items being added each month for people to purchase – and we are only ordering 125 of each!
To find out more about the celebrations visit the web page at www.abbotsholme.co.uk/125