A mass balloon lift-off began a week of centenary celebrations for Eldon infants and junior schools. Each day had its own theme, with more than 1,000 seven to 11-year-olds taking part. Monday saw a special assembly with songs and sketches from each decade of the century. Wednesday was Victorian Day, in celebration of the school's beginnings, with period dress, formal Victorian teaching methods, a strict visiting inspection board, dunce's hats and (mock) corporal punishment. Former pupils, one in her 90s, returned for a tour by Year 6 guides, and classes produced commemorative booklets and received special mugs. "The children loved it. They really rose to the occasion," says deputy head Frances Broadway.
Snaps by Mike Good
* Just write: class 6GP practising their Victorian copperplate.
* Under interrogation: the fearsome school examination board arrives to inspect 3H.
* Any old iron? Year 6's Dimitri Demetriou.
* Ready for lift off: class 6GP start celebrations.
* Attention! 3H rise for the teacher.
* Proud display: members of Year 5 show off their commemorative tapestry.