IT took pupils and staff at Bearsden Primary School just over 100 minutes to take a musical journey through the last 100 years of song to mark the end of their centenary celebrations last week.
About 412 voices joined together to perform a concert called ‘Top of the Pops – celebrating 100 years of chart topping music’.
Over two days (June 19 and 20) the school put on four concerts, which played to packed audiences.
The musical shows were the culmination of weeks of planning and practice to learn dozens of songs and dance routines.
The schoolchildren sang a wide range of songs including Won’t You Charleston With Me? (1920s); We’ll Meet Again (1940s); Rock Around the Clock (1950s); Fame (1980s); Wannabe (1990s) and Millennium (2000s).
The concert finale, sung by the whole school, was the Queen anthem We are the Champions.’
But to perhaps the biggest applause, and to much excitement from all the children, teaching and support staff dusted down their flares to put on a medley of 1960s and 1970s tunes including Mamma Mia and Blame it on the Boogie.
Marianne Young, Bearsden Primary School’s headteacher, said: “This has been a wonderful year of events to mark our centenary.
“We have been delighted to see pupils and staff past and present getting involved in a range of activities culminating in the centenary concerts.
“It was great to welcome past pupils and staff and hear their reminiscences.”
“I would like to thank everyone for making our centenary such a special year which I know will be remembered for years to come.
“I would also like to congratulate all the staff and pupils for the hard work they put in to the centenary concerts, which were a great success and a fitting way to end our 100th birthday celebrations.”
Designed by James Monro and Sons, when the building was opened on August 22, 1911, it was called New Kilpatrick Higher Grade Schools, and it was a primary and secondary catering for 448 pupils.
Today, Bearsden Primary has 412 pupils on the school roll.
Former pupils have included singer Darius Campbell, climber Natalie Berry, guitarist Mark Knopfler and golfer Martin Laird.
The school has produced a centenary book as a record of the first 100 years, which can be purchased from the school or online through www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3309801 where you can also preview the book.