Former Pupil And Teacher Visits Crescent School
Crescent School warmly welcomed former pupil and teacher, Felicity Furber, and former governor, Mark Furber, back to school on Tuesday 16 January to help celebrate Founder’s Day. The school was marking its 76th birthday and also the publication of its updated A History Of Crescent School.
Mr and Mrs Furber took part in a Founder’s Day Assembly, then answered questions posed by the School Council before enjoying a tour of the school. They were also presented with a copy of the second edition of A History Of Crescent School.
During the assembly, six Year 6 pupils shared extracts from the school’s early history. Dressed in original school uniform, they spoke about the experiences of the early pupils when the school was situated in the town centre, on Horton Crescent adjacent to Rugby School.
Mrs Furber is the daughter of the school’s first headmistress, Mrs Eve Mortimer, and has a long and close association with Crescent School. Mr and Mrs Furber were delighted to be able to share new information and anecdotes about the school’s early years, bringing the Founder’s Day celebrations vividly to life for pupils.
During the visit, Crescent School discovered that Mr Furber has his own strong connection to the school’s current Bawnmore Road site. Mr Furber was one of the first pupils to attend the former, St Mark’s School, when it opened on the Bilton site back in 1950, prior to its acquisition in 1988 by Crescent School.
Headmaster, Joe Thackway, said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr and Mrs Furber into school today. The children had so many questions for them, and it really helped them understand what the school was like in its early years and to appreciate that while many aspects of the school have changed, there is much that remains the same.”
Mrs Furber commented, "It meant a lot to me to see how the school is now thriving again in every way, and we were both very impressed with the current 'state' of the school."
Copies of the second edition of A History of Crescent School have been shared with parents and contributors and a digital version is available to download here: https://www.theprincethorpefoundation.co.uk/publications-crescent.
Hard copies are also freely available for all Old Crescentians and Rugby residents. They can be requested here: https://connect.princethorpe.co.uk/shop (there is a small £2 charge to cover UK postage).