This isn’t a Moor Allerton-related article, but we thought you might like to take a look at this fantastic video produced by West Bridgford Junior School in Nottingham – also celebrating their centenary this year.
This was done all in one take after only one test run, apparently. Superb effort!
Happy 100 West Bridgford! Here’s to the next! From us all at Moor Allerton!

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Our Centenary year is now in full swing, and the school pleased to announce the following events which will be taking place during the second half of the summer term to mark this very special occasion:

Friday 27th June

Past Pupils Tour of the School

11.00am onwards

A chance for ‘old boys and girls’ to visit the school, meet old pals and staff members and be hosted by the current year 6 pupils in costumes from the past 10 decades.

Refreshments will be served.

If you are a former pupil and would like to attend please email Catherine Taylor [email protected] or call the school on 0161 445 4521.

 


 

Friday 27th June

Garden Party & Summer Fair

4.30–7.30pm

The centenary garden party and summer fair for past and present pupils, parents and staff. All the fun of the fair for all the family – with children in costume, barbeque and refreshment tents, stalls, games competitions – a hundred years of festivities packed into one evening.

 


 

Wednesday 2nd July

The Moor Allerton School Centenary Spectacular – “The Rhythm of Life”

At Stockport Plaza. Performances at 2.30pm and 7.00pm

Come and celebrate the centenary as the whole school takes to the stage at Stockport Plaza to perform “The Rhythm of Life” – a song-and-dance spectacular with music and choreography from the last hundred years.

Matinée and evening performances. Tickets are £5.00 each and are available exclusively from the school reception.

 


 

Here’s the 1960 Headmaster’s Bulletin  to Parents, again, kindly provided to us by a former pupil who was at the school between 1958 and 1962 and who got in touch via this website.

Here are the pages that comprise the 1959 Moor Allerton School Bulletin – a piece addressed directly to parents from the headmaster at the time Mr K. T. Tibbs (see point M on the fourth page: “Under no circumstances should this, or any similar paper, be given to the children to read for themselves”). The tone is very formal and direct, but it’s interesting to see that some issues change little over the decades, namely the cost and durability of school uniforms!

This item was kindly provided to us by a former pupil who was at the school between 1958 and 1962 and who got in touch via this website.

One passion which has run through the decades at Moor Allerton is that of football. The teams and squads best documented in the school archive are those of the middle decades, between the 60s and the 80s, and here you can see a gallery of teams from this period.

Only a few have records of the actual pupils. So if you are on those line-ups, or you recognise any of the faces, then please leave a reply and let us know.

Likewise, if you have any footballing photos from this or any other period of the school’s history, please let us have them so we can add to the gallery.

If you take a look at the previous posts Old Boys 1914–1924 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 and 7 you’ll discover fantastic original photos and details of some of Moor Allerton’s very earliest pupils, dating back almost a hundred years. Unfortunately, some of the pictures had become detached from the original album, so we can’t put names to faces or provide any more details for the following, but we thought we’d post the photos anyway …

 

To go along with the post from earlier in the year – Ashes to Ashes – Cricket stars of the future… from the past! – we’ve found some more undated cricket 11 line-ups. These are possibly from 1970, 1971 and 1982 respectively – but if you are able to date these more accurately; if you recognise any of the faces in the teams; or better still, if you are one of those boys, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box foot of the page.

Moor Allterton Cricket 11 from approx. 1970

Cricket Team c.1970

 

Moor Allterton Cricket 11 from approx. 1971

Cricket Team c.1971

Moor Allterton Cricket 11 from approx. 1982

Cricket Team c.1982

Well, to find the answer, you’ll have to browse the pages of these two ‘Friends of Moor Allerton’ magazines produced in 1981 and 1982 respectively.

Collating together news of the school, reports and accounts of events, original writing, poetry and crossword puzzles, they also contain ‘The Legendary Moor Allerton Jokes Page’ wherein you’ll find the rib-tickling answer to the question posed in the title of this post.

School-boy humour indeed!

In the archive, we have three editions of ‘Moor Allerton News’ dating from 1976. This is a magazine written and produced by a small group of pupils and circulated throughout the school. The highlights displayed here show the magazines contained a wide variety of school news and news from the wider world, topics relating to what was being studied at the time, sports reports, quizzes and competitions.

The writing and production is of a very high standard. Apologies for the quality of the reproductions here. Remember, there were no PCs with desktop publishing programs, so everything would have had to have been typed out on a manual typewriter and cut-and-pasted before being photocopied! An interesting read, and a great record of the times.

Good work Michael Joy, Paul Dixon, Richard Dean and all your contributors!