Returning students enjoy a trip down memory lane

On the 22nd of September 2017 the Norton Knatchbull School opened their doors to allow former staff and students the opportunity to have a look around and relive some of their best days, as a part of Alumni Day. The day ran from 2pm to 6pm and a wide range of past students from all age groups got together to enjoy a live guitar band, and various different snacks, including some much-appreciated cakes.

A few members of the school council were invited to represent our present students (along with the guitar band). I was one of the lucky few who actually got a chance to show some previous students round; some had left the school 10 years ago. My group were amazed with how the school was doing and enjoyed some nostalgic moments when they walked round parts of the building. Of course, they were also pleased to see Mr O’Connor!

Along with having a great time, the reason we were celebrating was the grand opening of our new reception and of the improvements to the original buildings. We were incredibly honoured that Mayor Winston and his Mayoress had found time to come to our evening. We also welcomed local MP Damien Green. Mr Green officially opened the improved sections of the school, and delivered a speech, watched by staff, students and governors—and, of course, our alumni.

Overall, this was a hugely successful day, and a proud moment in the history of our four-century-old school. We look forward to future alumni days and to the continued success of the school.

Rafe, Year 9

What did the visitors think?

Mr Crampton,a maths teacher who went to NKS, said that he thought the school has only made improvements since he left and the supportive environment that he remembered from his time at the school has not changed. He wants more students to have more responsibility, and he wants more student lead societies and clubs. He does not believe in the ideas that the old ways are better, and believes that things change because different groups have different needs. Mr Crampton believes that the school is adapting for the better.

Sebastian, Year 8