Community fayre cake, created and donated by Annette Simpson

Liskeard School & Community College marked 40 years of being a comprehensive school with a weekend of celebrations. The weekend began with a wonderful music concert on Friday evening at the school, including performances from former staff and students. The newly formed staff choir sang their own rendition of ‘Tragedy’ by the Bee Gees (with some very suspect choreography) and there were a number of brilliant performances from current students.

A community fayre, organised by the school’s PTFA (Parents, Teachers and Friends Association) took place despite the heavy rain, with a huge variety of stalls present. The day was a real success and managed to raise over £600 for the school.

Amidst all of this, former students enjoyed tea and a slice of 40th birthday cake, made and donated by Annette Simpson, in the library before taking a tour of the school. Those in attendance listened to a poem, commissioned for the school’s birthday, read by former student and current poet laureate for Plymouth, Thom Boulton.

Saturday evening saw a buffet dinner at the Eliot House Hotel, where more delicious cake was eaten, this one donated by Julie Vernon, and former staff and students got chance to catch up and reminisce.

Head teacher Alex Lingard was delighted with the celebrations.

“Over the 40 years the school has had many success stories and seen a myriad of talented students through its doors. I know it will strive to continue to inspire future generations for another 40 years.

“A huge thank you to Sara Nicholas (PTFA Secretary) and the team for giving up their time and energy to make the community fayre happen, and a special mention must go to Bob Hollingdale, former teacher at the school, for having the vision, energy and dogged determination to make our 40th birthday a very special occasion,” he said.

Eliot House cake, created and donated by Julie Vernon

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