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KHCA goes back in time to 1973

Staff and students at Kirk Hallam Community Academy went back in time this week as they celebrated their Golden Jubilee.
The day began with assemblies by ‘Headmaster Turner’ where students learned more about how much life has changed over the 50 years that Kirk Hallam has served its community, since the opening of the school in 1973. Students considered how local industry has changed and the evolution of the built environment, looking at aerial photographs from the decades before. We explored how our own school site has changed and developed with the addition of the Atrium, the car park, the Sports Hall and the Lakeside building.
In art lessons, collaborative artwork was produced to create a large display piece. Geography focused on the changing face of Europe in the 1970s and in ICT, students learned about 1970s computers. At lunchtime there was a traditional school canteen offer of chicken stew with dumplings and a sausage dinner with cornflake tart and custard.
Mr Turner, Headteacher, said ‘part of our 50th anniversary is about reconnecting with our history and the local community and it has been great to see students engaging with our past today. Many of our students parents and grandparents may have attended Kirk Hallam over the last five decades, and enabling our current students to understand how school would have been back in 1973 has been a wonderful experience.’
The finest fashions of the 1970s were showcased by staff including trendy flares and printed shirts, sports kit, office wear and disco outfits.
There are further events planned to involve the wider community with an exhibition at Erewash Museum from 1st July, a display at Ilkeston Library over the summer break and a family fair on the school grounds on Saturday 15th July.



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