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School Of The Week: St. Aidans

31 January 2014

We have another school joining us on Saturday to take part in our matchday.

St. Aidan’s Church of England (Aided) Memorial Primary School are joining us for Saturday’s game with Scunthorpe United as our School of the Week.

Pupils from St. Aidan’s will escort the players out for kick off, while another group of pupils will form a guard of honour, waving their flags as the two teams run out of the tunnel.

Our new School of the Week initiative has proved popular with pupils, who have enjoyed playing their part in a matchday at The Vic.

We would like to thank St’ Aidan’s for their involvement this weekend and hope all pupils enjoy their day.

Here is some more information about our School of the Week:

St. Aidan’s Church of England (Aided) Memorial Primary School is the largest of the Church of England Primary Schools in Hartlepool with approximately 280 children and a 39 place nursery.

The school is 87 years old and was built as a memorial to a former Assistant Master, Theo Jones, and 100 old boys of the original St. Aidan’s School who lost their lives in the First World War.

Theo Jones is credited as being the first soldier killed on British soil in war time since 1066.  He lost his life in the Bombardment of Hartlepool on December 16th 1914.  Each year on Armistice Day, Theo and the 100 former pupils are remembered, when we read out their names from the Memorial Board, in worship.

18 pupils from our current Year 6 are visiting France at the end of next month and will visit the military cemetery at Etaples where three of the ‘old boys’ have their final resting place. We will be placing flowers on their graves and saying prayers for them and their families some of whom still live in Hartlepool.

Some sporting old boys and girls from the school are:

Brian London, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion from 1958-1959.
Jack Howe, former Hartlepool, Derby County, Huddersfield and England footballer.  Jack gained 3 caps for England in the late 1940s.
Amanda Coulson, former Great Britain boxing champion, who is now a Sky Sports Living for Sport mentor.
David Murphy, footballer, currently at Birmingham City but who started his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Hibernian.
Evan Horwood, footballer, currently at Tranmere Rovers and has also played for Sheffield United, Carlisle United and Hartlepool.

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