The "Kettering Evening Telegraph" featured Burton Latimer schools on a regular basis, here are a few article on Meadowside Junior School from the 1980's
A Little Night Music - 29th June 1983
Music Makers will have a chance to show off their skills when their school holds its first musical evening. The teacher at the centre of the preperations is music specialist Mary Scott. The school orchestra and choir will be performing and many other youngsters will take part in solos and duets.
Headmaster Robert Mercer said: "Since Miss Scott came to the school the pupils interest in music has increased tremendously. They get great enjoyment from their music and there is nearly always somebody practising in the music room."The paper reported that the evening was a great success with over 90 parents attending. Headmaster Mr Mercer said:"I was very pleased at the standard achieved and see no reason why we should not hold another musical evening next year."
Novelty Race Fun For Pupils - 13th July 1983
Fun was the name of the game when pupils from meadowside Junior School competed in the novelty races during the school sports day. After competing in the recent district sports, pupils decided to hold just fun races on their own sports day. Plenty of parents came along to watch the plate balancing, balloon, sack and skipping races. Headmaster Mr Robert Mercer said:"It was a superb day with the accent on having fun, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves." Fir House won the sports with 156 points, second was Elm with 146, third Oak with 118 and fourth Ash with 116.
The Card Sharps - 14th December 1985
A festive competition for pupils from Meadowside and Eastlea Junior Schools was organised by the town's Anglia Building Society branch, and the main winners went along to collect their prizes from manager Anna Bieniasz.There were about 300 entries, judged by artist Ian Jones from Geddington. Mrs Bieniasz said she was pleased with the response, and the designs were very good.
The winning entries are now on display in the society's branch office on the High Street.Main winners were: Meadowside -1st Joanna Dimmock (10), 2nd Catherine Muggleton (8), 3rd Zoe Turnbull (8), 4th John Palmer (10). Eastlea - 1st Katy Becker (9), 2nd Rachel Edwards (8), 3rd Stephen Knibbs (11), 4th Julia Muldoon (9).
Best for St George! - 23rd April 1985
St Georges's Day was being celebrated by pupils of Meadowside Infants School with a special concert today. Each class was putting on a play, singing songs or reciting poems in the production. The afternoon show began with items about a fairground and was due to end with singing and percussion by all 133 pupils.
Other pieces include a selection of songs and poems connected with spring and Easter, items from Mary Poppins, a play called the Lonley Dragon, poems about cats and an action piece entitled Kilora and the King. Headmistress Magaret Sewell said: "We decided to celebrate St George's Day with a concert which brings together all the pieces learned for topic work in class."
Pupils Clown Around! - 18th December 1986
Roll up, roll up for Meadowside Infant school's Christmas concert featuring these circus clowns and much much more. Pupils are staging their final performance for parents today and all 120 are taking part.
The show opens with four-year-olds singing around a Christmas tree before second year children perform an item called The Circus. Youngest pupils will be entertaining with a piece about Mummy and Daddy, the top year is to stage Mr Pepper in Space and other classes are to sing about festive food and parties.
Head Miss Magaret Sewell said:"After the interval, the whole school comes together for a carol service and nativity play. It is a varied programme involving everyone one way or another." Acollection was held during yesterdays's show and will be repeated today for Leukaemia Research.