Children take a trip down memory lane to celebrate Baldernock Primary’s 140th birthday

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A small rural primary school is celebrating 140 years of serving the local community by taking pupils past and present back in time.

Baldernock Primary School in Balmore near Milngavie is hosting a 140th celebration party on Friday, September 13.

The fun begins at 5pm, when children from P1-7, dressed in period costume, will entertain and inform visitors to the school in their classrooms. After 6pm, guests will be welcomed into a marquee in the school’s garden, for a buffet and entertainment.

Each class has been given a specific era from the 140 year-long history of the school to research and they will appear in costumes from their designated era.

Past pupils and their families, including Emmerdale actress, Natalie Robb, who attended the school in the 1980s, have been invited to go along and join in the fun.

Baldernock Primary School was established in 1873 following the Education Act of 1872, which made education compulsory for children aged five to 13.

There had been a school in Baldernock, located in a rural setting between Milngavie and Torrance, since the 1600s, but a new schoolhouse opened in September 1873 to cater for the additional numbers once schooling became compulsory.

Writing in the school’ log book on September 16, 1873, headteacher, Thomas McEwen, said: “School re-opened this day (Tuesday). Attendance very small. Harvest not yet over. Friday – a holiday.”

Head teacher Jill Carr, said: “The school has a rich and varied history. It is in a unique situation surrounded by a spread-out, yet close-knit rural community.”

A parent, Jan Mackay, added: “Through our Facebook page we have heard from one of the girls in this picture (now Maureen Kerr - nee Barker - the one putting letter in box) which was taken in 1955. She is coming on Friday night and says that the other girl was called Irene Faulds.

“It would be great if we could find her and recreate the picture, which was taken by a photographer for The Bulletin - a now defunct Glasgow newspaper - for a feature on postboxes.”

If can help to find Irene Faulds please contact the school on 0141 955 2341.