Yearbook memories of school

Schooldays are the best days of your life, so the saying goes and for Dereham Neatherd High School students they will have a reminder.They are putting together a leaver's book.

Schooldays are the best days of your life, so the saying goes and for Dereham Neatherd High School students they will have a reminder.

They are putting together a leaver's book.

Editor Laura Rumsey, who will leave school after her exams in the summer, said: “The yearbook is such a great idea and we're all excited about it. It will be nice to look back at pictures of our school friends, teachers and the buildings themselves when we're old and grey and we've left school!

“It's all changed so much since we've been here, imagine how different it will be in 2050! This book will help us remember our school days fondly.”


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Former student Carmel Hannant discovered what she called “bookosaurus”, a dusty black and white leaver's book from 1980 on the headmaster's shelf, and from this the idea of making a book was reborn last year.

This year's is bigger and better than ever, however, and has 32 colourful pages designed by students which are dedicated to friendships, lesson time, school trips, tutor groups, sports teams, and lots more. It includes nearly 400 photos and 200 student comments so that every member of the year group has their say and will be a lovely keepsake of their school years.

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“This has been a 100% student led project” said teacher Dan Guiney.

A team of 23 students have been working away at it all year as photographers, designers, interviewers, story-writers, promoters, and artists meeting deadlines and working as a team to produce something really special and original.

Books will go on sale this half term at a cost of £15 and will be handed out in the last week before students break up for their exams.

Year Leader Gareth Yassin summed up the team's hard work: “The students in charge of making it have been so professional throughout - it's been like having our own press team in school and I think they should be very proud of what they have achieved. I know I'll be getting one!”

A copy of every year's leaver's book will be kept in the school library for future students to look at.

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