Wherever possible we try to get involved in the local community. We like to talk to people about what a great place Leesland is and to obtain their support for our events and particularly, our swimming pool.
In the 2018/19 academic year we have been involved in Michelmas Fair in Alverstoke, Carol Singing at Asda, Hazeldene Nursing Home and Brendon Day Care. We have participated in Gosport in Bloom and Sultan Show and ensured that our own big events such as the Christmas Fair and Summer Show involve as many community participants as possible. Our last community event of the year was Bridgemary Carnival where we had a stall. We only raised £33 but we raised the profile of the schools and the swimming pool. Many children from that area use our pool through the schools or Aqua.
We have started this academic year (2019-20) at Michelmas Fair where we had a stall and raised £119.25 for our swimming pool fund.
125th Anniversary celebrations – 14-15th September 2019
Leesland C of E Infant School opened its doors as part of the Gosport Heritage weekend in September to celebrate its 125th Anniversary and welcomed over 30 ex pupils and their families. Everyone took tours of the school and shared how the classes were laid out and tales of their time here. Some attended here back in the 1930’s and some of their parents had attended in the early 1900’s. It was fascinating to listen to them. One particular lady walked in as another was sharing a photograph of when she was here in the early 1940’s. The first lady said ‘I’m in that photo’ and they spent the rest of their visit together sharing memories and remembering the names of the other children in the photo.
We had such a lovely weekend sharing those memories that we are planning an afternoon when we will invite past pupils and staff to come and share more of them.
Built in 1894, our beautiful Victorian building has seen many hundreds of children pass through its classrooms. Tales have been told of classes of 50 pupils and warm milk stored next to open fires in classrooms!
We know that there are many more of you with great memories that could be shared.
We are thrilled to be able to build a record of the history of our school and are happy to receive old photographs and other memorabilia.
What do you remember? If you are an ex-pupil or member of staff we would love to hear of your memories of your time at Leesland Infant School.
Please email Kate Hedges on firstname.lastname@example.org