2002 - 2012
Marshgate Primary School opened for the first cohort of pupils in September 2002 under the experienced headship of Elizabeth Jackson. The school at that time was based at Sheen Mount Primary School in East Sheen who kindly let the “children in red” have a bit of space in their playground for their classrooms and playground. The Marshgate pupils in turn referred them as the “children in green”, a reference to the school uniform colours!
The first year was an exciting adventure for all the pupils and staff involved. There were just two classes, Red class and Blue class.
Highlights of the first year at Marshgate include:
The school moved to a new purpose built site on Queens Road. The land had previously been part of Christ’s School. The building was finished just in time for the second cohort of pupils to join in September 2003. This time three classes of children joined in the Reception year group. It was an exciting adventure for the small, but growing team of staff, pupils and parents involved. As it was a new and very small school there was a real sense of community with everyone involved. The children loved the huge space they had all to themselves.
Marshgate was officially opened by the veteran broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough. It was an honour to welcome Sir David as a local, famous resident to open the school. It was a fantastic afternoon attended by the pupils, staff and parents. Marshgate was delighted to welcome such a distinguished figure to open the school. The evening was rounded off with a wonderful party at the school. You can see the photos on display in the office Reception area.
Events in the first few years included our first Summer Fair which was held on a lovely sunny Saturday in June. Marshgate has always had an active and enthusiastic team of parents and staff supporting the school. The PSA team in those days was small, but managed to run a great day. In addition the first Marshgate calendar was produced by the PSA that Christmas. The calendar was photographed by birthday month and as the school was so small there were only three children who had birthdays in April!
Marshgate was invited to take part in an event at Trafalgar Square by the charity Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, to raise awareness of homelessness. The school choir travelled by coach to central London and sang Christmas Carols at a candlelit vigil. The number of candles lit represented the number of homeless people in the capital.
The first International Day was held in the summer of 2006 and was the first of many events which celebrates the international cohort of the school.
The first summer end of year production took place this year with the Year 3 show “Annie meets Oliver”. Everyone in Year 3 rose to the occasion with this ambitious production. This started a tradition for end of year shows. The last Year 3 cohort to put on a production was in 2010 with The Wind in the Willows. From 2010 onwards the end of year production moved to Year 6. There have been many amazing shows since.
Autumn term 2007
Year 5 took part in the Borough Scientific Edge competition. They used their curriculum work on planets to help them develop and produce a DVD production entitled “Around the Universe in Two and a Half Minutes.”
A randomly selected delegation of the children then attended a showing and award ceremony where all entries were judged. Their work was judged to be the winner in the “Best Earth Science Film” category.
They were presented with their trophy by Sir David Attenborough who congratulated them and also discussed his opening of Marshgate School five years ago and how delighted he was to see them again.
The original cohort of children left in the summer of 2009. To mark this occasion the school commissioned Tempest Photography to take a whole school photograph. This picture here represents the pupils who joined in 2002 and who left that year. The youngest pupils in this photo are the cohort who joined in September 2008.