As middle schools across Bury St Edmunds prepare to close their doors for good, celebrations have taken place to mark the end of an era.
On Friday, Howard Middle School opened its popular summer fete. Pupils were given a small budget to create craft items to sell on stalls around the school.
On Wednesday, St Louis Catholic Middle School released hundreds of blue balloons into the air to celebrate the school’s successes while Harwick Middle held a big It’s a Knockout fun day for its pupils.
Hardwick head teacher Rachel Forward said: “It was brilliant. We were really lucky with the weather. It was sunny all morning until lunchtime when the clouds came so the sun didn’t frazzle us.
“The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
“It is part of us saying goodbye to the school and to each other so there have been mixed emotions.
“But there is also a lot of excitement at new beginnings and looking forward.”
Yesterday, a time capsule containing items from each tutor group was buried on the Hardwick school grounds.
See this week’s Bury Free Press newspaper for a double page feature on St Louis Catholic Middle School and look out for features in the Bury Free Press on Howard and Hardwick in the next two weeks.