Centenary celebrations for Bearsden Primary


PUPILS, teachers, staff and parents at Bearsden Primary are planning a number of exciting activities to celebrate the school’s 100th birthday.

Preparations are underway for the centenary on August 22. One of the first events the school is planning to hold is an art exhibition between Easter and the summer.

This will involve every pupil creating a painting or drawing to feature in a display which parents will be invited to see.

Open days and evenings are planned where visitors will be able to take a trip down memory lane with a time line of photos and activities.

Ideas for the special anniversary also include musical events featuring performances from the school’s talented pupils.

Aileen Wilson, one of the teachers who is involved in organising the centenary celebrations, said: “It’s a really exciting time for the school and we’re all looking forward to celebrating the centenary.

“We’re looking for former pupils and staff who attended Bearsden Primary who may have photos or memories they would like to share to get in touch.

“It would be nice if there were people who went to the school and had stories to tell to come in and talk to the children.”

Designed by James Monro and Sons, when the Bearsden Primary building was opened in 1911, it was called New Kilpatrick Higher Grade School, and was a primary and secondary school catering for 448 pupils.

Today, there are 407 pupils on the school roll.

High profile former pupils have included singer Darius Campbell, climber Natalie Berry and golfer Martin Laird.

In 1920, the name was changed to Bearsden Academy and in 1958 it became Bearsden Primary School when a new Bearsden Academy building opened.

A canteen and gym hall were built as a separate building to the school in 1942.

Little changes have been made to the historic building, but one notable difference was the removal of the tiered levels in classrooms in 1959.

Original carvings of the words Art and Science remain above the entrances to the school.

During both world wars, many teachers went to serve in the armed forces and retired teachers returned to the school to help.

Sheds in the school playground were used as air raid shelters and the iconic War Memorial at Bearsden Cross was built on the ground of the original playground.

Anyone who has photographs or memories to share about Bearsden Primary can e-mail the school on office@bearsden.e-dunbarton.sch.uk or call 0141 955 2254.