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East Lea Junior School - 1980's

The "Kettering Evening Telegraph" featured Burton Latimer schools on a regular basis, here are a few articles on East Lea Junior School from the 1980's
Pupils receive their prizes; Back row L to R; Peter, Sally, Adele. Middle row L to R; Yuk, Suzanne Edwards (who collected on her sisters behalf), Sarah. Front row L to R; Carriann and Jessica. Mrs Bieniasz is seated on left.

Safety Savers - 20th December 1984

A colouring competition has taught Burton Latimer schoolchildren about saving lives as well as money. Pupils at East Lea Junior School took part in the road safety competition organised by the local branch of the Anglia Building Society.

Branch manager Anna Bieniasz said:"The children had to colour in a calender picture of a BMX, bringing out the important safety points." She is pictured with the three winners in each of two age groups, and two consolation prize winners.

Results were: over eight - 1 Adele Shelford, 2 Peter Johnson, 3 Sally Bowman;
under eight - 1 Rachel Edwards, 2 Jessica Rees, 3 Sarah Marsh; consolation prizes - Carriann Beeby and Yuk Kin Butt.

Emmeline (centre) with attendants (from left) Sarah Marsh, Steven Binder-Pollard and Alison Roberts, all aged seven

May Queen Crowned - 22nd May 1984

Emmeline Thurlow, 7, was crowned may Queen of east Lea School in brilliant sunshine. And the fine weather which lasted throughout Saturday attracted scores of parents and friends to the May festivities. After the crowning ceremony, performed by Ketterings new mayoress, Janet meads, visitors enjoyed country and traditional maypole dancing. The Wellingborough Dog Training team gave a display and games and competitions were held throughout the afternoon.

Pupils from the school production of Pinocchio - Matthew Ostle (9) as Pinocchio and Rachel Edwards (8) as the Witch

Messages for Mark - 17th December 1985

Youngsters from East Lea Junior School are involved in a carol service to raise money for a former pupil who is now paralysed following a rugby accident.

Mark Taylor, 20, son of the town's Baptist Minister the Rev Derek Taylor, was injured in a match in October and is now paraplegic. And today the pupils will perform a Nativity play at a service taking place at the Meeting Lane Baptist Church when a collection will be taken.

Headmistress Eileen Waddington said: "We hope to record the service so Mark can hear it in Stoke Mandiville Hospital and each class has made a booklet of work for him." The Nativity performed by about 100 pupils aged from seven to 11 is part of a host of Christmas activities at the school. Already nearly 50 youngsters aged seven to eight have performed the traditional Hansel and Gretel story in music, movement and drama. About the same number of children in the two older years did a production of Pinocchio.

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