Diary Dates Some of the events coming up next term

Monday 24 April Start of term

Wednesday 26 April Visit by Author & Radio DJ Christian O’Connell Friday 28 April Open Morning

Monday 22 ~ Friday 26 May Year 5 & 6 Activities Week in the Lake District Saturday 10 ~ Sunday 11 June DofE Bronze Expedition Saturday 17 June

Open Day ~ Celebrating 175 years of Sibford School Monday 19 June Year 7 go Walking with Dinosaurs in Birmingham Saturday 24 ~ Sunday 25 June DofE Bronze Expedition Thursday 29 June Rain or Shine Theatre Company present Twelfth Night Monday 3 ~ Friday 7 July Curriculum Enrichment Week

Pleased to meet ewe!


April 2017

Sibford marks official birthday O

n 16 January 1842, nine-year-old Lucy Endall became the first pupil to register at Sibford School. History tells us that Lucy arrived at the school by carrier cart from Banbury, bringing with her everything a young school girl might need including a straw bonnet, a cloak, two gowns, two linen pinafores, two nightgowns and night caps, two pairs of strong coloured stockings and two pairs of stout shoes.

175 years later to the day, current nine-year-old pupil Sofia ~ the 8,924th child to register at the school ~ stepped into the shoes of Lucy Endall to mark the school’s official birthday. She is pictured, along with other current nine-year-old Sibford pupils, cutting a special birthday cake.

This term saw the arrival of two lambs as part of our animal husbandry initiative. Pupils from both the Junior and Senior School have all taken turns helping to feed the hungry babies.

Head of Sibford School, Toby Spence, said: “It’s very exciting to think that the school welcomed its very first pupils way back in January 1842. We have held, and will be holding, several events to mark the 175th anniversary throughout 2017 but it seemed only right to start those celebrations on the date that Lucy arrived here at Sibford. Sofia did an excellent job dressing up as her and our caterers, Thomas Franks Ltd, came up trumps with a birthday cake.”

• It is interesting to note that the first pupils to arrive at Sibford School in 1842 were all girls. The boys, including Lucy’s brother Alfred, who was three years her senior, didn’t join until the February and by the end of the year the school boasted 22 girls and 26 boys. Today, the school has 411 pupils, 166 girls and 245 boys. Meanwhile, the Admissions Register shows that a total of 9,343 pupils have so far registered at the school. 1

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