One of Bloomfield’s most famous ex-pupils paid a visit to School recently.
Christine Bleakley who was Head Girl in 1997 was here to film a short piece for her early morning programme, ITV1’s Daybreak. All the presenters of the show visited their old schools to mark the end of the school holidays, and Christine’s visit to Bloomfield coincided with the start of a new term for the girls.
There was much excitement as Christine and the crew filmed the piece throughout the day. Her first stop was the art room, meeting up with her former art teacher, Mrs Shearer, and she got a real surprise when Mrs Shearer revealed some of her original A-level art work that she had kept in School all this time!
Next stop was the Assembly Hall for the choir, which Christine enjoyed during her time at School. After singing with the girls, and a catch up with Mrs Ross, her former music teacher, the whole School assembled where Christine addressed the girls speaking very fondly of her time at Bloomfield. She was also presented with a handmade print as a gift from a very talented A-level art student
A quick change of clothes after lunch and Christine was in the Sports Hall with PE teacher Mrs Willis, playing netball, her favourite sport at School. She hadn’t lost any of her skills and even managed to score a few times.
Lastly, she met up with Dr Neill, our former Principal, who visited the School specially to see her. After a short ‘interview’ where they reminisced about her time in the School, he presented her with her A-level certificate which she had never picked up all those years ago! He said, “Christine was an excellent Head Girl and, as with all the girls who leave here, has carried the caring ethos of the School with her to her chosen profession.”
At the end of the day’s filming, Christine said of the visit, “I have such fond memories of this School, the smells and sounds are exactly the same as I remember them, as is the real caring family atmosphere. I thought it would be really strange coming back, but it’s as if I never left!”
Dr Darrin Barr, current Principal said, “All the staff and pupils had a great day being involved in filming the piece which was aired in early September. Bloomfield is very proud to have such a famous former pupil, and we hope that Christine will return to School again soon.”
Christine’s visit can still be watched at Day Break.