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Open Days

The Dances

The Gazette of 15 July 1955 carried the above picture of fourth year (Year 6) boys dancing the Flamborough Sword Dance. The caption ran as follows:

SWORD DANCERS: Children from the fourth year class of Breakspear School, Ickenham, practising the Flamborough Sword Dance which they will perform to-night in a folk dancing display in the school playground as part of a series of open-days run by the school this week.

The Plays

The Gazette of the 15 July 1955 reported on the Open Days:


Breakspear Junior School, Ickenham, are holding a series of open-days this week.

The series began on Tuesday night when Mr. Fred Sabin, divisional education officer, and 200 parents saw two musical plays performed by the second and fourth year pupils.

The first was a Dutch children’s operetta called “Play Days in Happy Holland”, given by the second year juniors. A musical fantasy, “Frolicsome Hours,” was presented by the fourth year children.

On Wednesday afternoon first and second year juniors gave a display of their work and a religious play was performed by the first year juniors.

To-night (Thursday) in the school playground a folk dancing display and physical training display will be given. In the school afterwards performances by the school choir, trained by music teachers, Mrs. V. J. Scott, verse speakers trained by the headmaster, Mr. F. W. Ward, and by the school orchestra.


Play Days in Happy Holland


The Frolicsome Hours

The Frolicsome Hours
Rear, from left:
Sheila Gallagher, [?], Jane Scripps, Lesley Kennet, Elizabeth Bull
Seated, from left:
[?], Kathy Polak, [?], Christopher Clarke

(Our thanks to Christopher Clarke for providing this photograph and the names.)