A century of learning

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A CARDENDEN school is marking a special milestone this week.

Denend Primary is celebrating its centenary by holding a number of activities.

On Monday a disco was held for all the current school pupils to enjoy and on Tuesday morning an aerial photograph of the youngsters marking the number 100 was taken.

On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons an open invitation was extended to the community from 2 to 4 p.m so that locals could come in and see what projects the staff and pupils have been working on to toast Denend’s 100th birthday.

Headteacher Lorna Palmer told The Press at its peak the school had 600 pupils, now it has 170.

Decades

“Each year group has been looking at a decade and finding out about the history of that time,” she said.

“One hundred years of a school’s history is something to be proud of and the pupils, staff and parents are all very proud of Denend and so we wanted to celebrate the anniversary in style.”

A special photographic display has also been set up in the school. It features photographs of former pupils - including famous crime writer Ian Rankin - staff, school trips, sports teams, school shows and fun days taken over the last few decades and this will also be on show during the open afternoons.

Time capsule

Today (Thursday) pupils and staff will walk to Bowhill Institute where the children will take part in a review of the decades show. They will perform songs, dance and drama sketches from through the years.

And tomorrow (Friday), pupils and staff will put one or two items in a special time capsule and this will be buried under the school. There will also be a balloon release to celebrate the milestone.

Mrs Palmer added: “The school is very excited about the cenetenary celebrations. The pupils, staff and parent council have all been working very hard to make sure Denend has a successful week.”