50 years of St Julie's Catholic primary school in St Helens

Appeal made to former pupils

"In September we will be celebrating our golden jubilee," writes acting headteacher Anne Hodgson, with St Julie's Catholic primary school in Eccleston, St Helens set to mark its 50-year anniversary.

It was on 12 September 1966 that the bell rang for the first time at St Julie's, heralding the arrival of its first intake of pupils. The school – then known as Blessed Julie’s, because Julie Billiart was not canonised until 1969 – would love to hear from anyone with a connection to the school or who can share memories, photographs or keepsakes of their generation.

Archbishop Malcolm will be presiding over Mass for St Julie's and the adjoining parish community on Wednesday 21 September, and the school hopes to display all memorabilia collected so as to include as many former pupils in the celebrations as possible.

As a lasting memorial of the golden jubilee, St Julie's also intends to create a prayer garden within the school grounds. If you have any suggestions for how the school should mark its anniversary, or would like to be involved directly in the preparations, please get in touch via stjulies.jubilee2016@sthelens.org.uk or using the school website http://www.st-julie.st-helens.sch.uk/.