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Pupils dress up to mark 120 years of Blackstock Road school

19 October, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Dressed in style, from left: Sean-Mason Roper Joe, Emre Erdogan, Albert Lee and George Auberson

PRIMARY pupils donned their glad rags on Wednesday to celebrate their school turning 120 years old.

Youngsters from Ambler Primary School in Blackstock Road were in Victorian fancy dress for the day – top hats and waistcoats marked the occasion.

Headteacher Julie Benis said: “We are celebrating that we are still standing and celebrating being an outstanding school.”

Sean-Mason Roper Joe, 9, said: “It’s fun because we are celebrating something special.”

The youngsters spent the day immersed in the Victorian era – learning to sew and eating stewed beef and dumplings for lunch.

After lessons the pupils sang Happy Birthday to the school before cutting the cake.

“We have been taking the theme seriously,” said Ms Benis. “All the desks have been laid out in rows.

“They also made a time capsule to open when they reach Year 6.”

Pearl Thode, 9, said “It’s fun but we have to stand up when the teachers walk in the class and they are all pretending to be very strict. I am glad not every day is like this.”

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