Reunion planned for former Helston 'Green School' pupils

Did you leave your mark at Helston’s Green School in Penrose Road?

Did you leave your mark at Helston’s Green School in Penrose Road?

First published in News

The hunt is on for former pupils of Helston’s Green School in Penrose Road to attend an informal get together next Wednesday.

It is for anyone who has memories of their school days, can remember teachers and lessons, and how the various rooms of the building were used, or who travelled by bus from villages on the Lizard Peninsula.

Taking place between 6pm and 9pm next Wednesday, July 23, the get together will mark the launch of a project looking into the history of the building and its previous lives.

It will be an opportunity to explore the building, share memories and start to piece together the building’s past, and refreshments will be served.

The evening is being hosted by CAST (the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust), which now manages the building. Teresa Gleadowe, chair of CAST, said: “There’s so much we don’t know about the history of this extraordinary building.

“We’d love to know more about how the various rooms were used, the kinds of lessons, games and other activities that took place in the building.

“We hope that former pupils will come along and share memories and stories.”

Originally built in 1897 as a School of Science and Art, the Passmore Edwards building became a secondary school in 1905, when a new wing was added. A second extension was added in 1914.

The school was known as the Green School because of the green uniforms worn by its pupils.

During 1959 a new school was built on Church Hill. Children from Helston, Porthleven and the north and west of the area went to this new school and all others to the school in Penrose Road, which became known as the Green School.

Many children from the Lizard villages were pupils at the school in Penrose Road, travelling into Helston on school buses.

The school finally closed its doors when comprehensive education came to Helston in 1972.

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3:43pm Mon 21 Jul 14

meerkats says...

A dump is a place for depositing rubbish not an old school.
A dump is a place for depositing rubbish not an old school. meerkats
  • Score: -6

5:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

My dictionary says informal- dump=old building. It also says dirty unattractive place. Plus it says get rid of something and the council did get rid of it. Just a shame it wasnt sold to a developer for affordable housing. At least a developer wouldnt ask the council to invest money in it.
My dictionary says informal- dump=old building. It also says dirty unattractive place. Plus it says get rid of something and the council did get rid of it. Just a shame it wasnt sold to a developer for affordable housing. At least a developer wouldnt ask the council to invest money in it. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 11

11:45pm Mon 21 Jul 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Helston fly on the wall wrote:
My dictionary says informal- dump=old building. It also says dirty unattractive place. Plus it says get rid of something and the council did get rid of it. Just a shame it wasnt sold to a developer for affordable housing. At least a developer wouldnt ask the council to invest money in it.
Completely agree. There is a huge demand for afford housing
[quote][p][bold]Helston fly on the wall[/bold] wrote: My dictionary says informal- dump=old building. It also says dirty unattractive place. Plus it says get rid of something and the council did get rid of it. Just a shame it wasnt sold to a developer for affordable housing. At least a developer wouldnt ask the council to invest money in it.[/p][/quote]Completely agree. There is a huge demand for afford housing ronedgcumbe
  • Score: 2

11:53pm Mon 21 Jul 14

ronedgcumbe says...

To buy the place and then to ask for council money is a cheek.
We have already been subjected in the last two years to enormous rises in town council expenditure.
To buy the place and then to ask for council money is a cheek. We have already been subjected in the last two years to enormous rises in town council expenditure. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: -12

3:17pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Helston John says...

I agree about affordable housing but Ron banging on again about rises in TC expenditure, you dont have a clue, you've never looked at the town councils expenses and never attended a meeting. You have the cheek to accuse others of negativity on other articles.
I agree about affordable housing but Ron banging on again about rises in TC expenditure, you dont have a clue, you've never looked at the town councils expenses and never attended a meeting. You have the cheek to accuse others of negativity on other articles. Helston John
  • Score: 11

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