MHS Celebrates 80 Years
Manningtree High School officially became 80 years old
To mark our 80th anniversary on the 13th September 2017, a traditional afternoon tea was held for former students, teachers and staff, where the original pre-1970's school hymn was sung by our fantastic school choir.
Guests were able to browse photographic displays and news articles from over the years, and also see colour film footage of the school from 1958. Original school log books, class and admission registers, the two school oak lecterns and many more historic items were also on display for guests to enjoy.
Catering students from Year 10 and 11 had carefully planned, prepared and cooked afternoon tea, which they then had the pleasure of serving during the event.
Prefects offered guests guided tours around the school, to see the new Art block and other parts that have changed since 1937.
We were also extremely pleased that amongst the guests that joined us, was the first Headteachers daughter, as well as a pupil who had been here and featured in a whole school photograph from 1938.
The local newspaper also covered the event - please see:
The Main school hall ready for afternoon tea
Guests browsing the school history displays
Historic items on display
Whole school photographs from the 1950's up to recent times
Letters and correspondence received after the event included:
"Congratulations to you for putting together such an informative exhibition and to all those who sang so well and who produced such an impressive tea. I very much enjoyed my visit and I am sure my Father (the first Headteacher, Mr Cranswick) would have been delighted to see how the school has developed"
"It really was a delightful occasion. What a lot of trouble had gone into making the afternoon a special treat. We were not expecting the delicious lunch, so professionally presented and served. The school song was a revelation"
"I departed feeling that Manningtree was just as special as I remembered it. I have many treasured memories of staff and the very special pupils I was privileged to teach. It is so reassuring to see that the school has exactly the same ethos and remains in good hands"
"As ever, I was impressed by the courteous attention, and maturity of the pupils who welcomed, fed and escorted us. The School Hymn was rendered clearly and most tunefully; our thanks to the Choir, and of course, Mr Swift. Please also relay my thanks to Miss Blackford and her team for the excellent, and substantial tea, that was served to the highest standards"
"We must compliment the catering students with their excellent attitude. The food was delicious. Lovely to hear the School Hymn again and a very enjoyable look around the school. Thank you so much"
"It was certainly a great event, thoroughly well organised with plenty of exhibited memorabilia to see and talk about, the food was delicious and the school choir enhanced the atmosphere by singing the school hymn, which everyone enjoyed immensely"
"Thank you for the opportunity to meet up with ex-colleagues, to view the photographs and newspaper cuttings, to hear the choir, and to enjoy the excellent refreshments!"
The recording of the school choir perfoming the original school hymn ('Go with him Twain') at the afternoon tea, on Wednesday 20th September 2017, can be heard on our dedicated school page, along with lots more information on our school history: