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Kirkland set for a golden celebration

Kirland HS 1965

Kirland HS 1965

 

They say our days at school are often the best days of our lives and, for the tens of thousands of pupils who filed through the doors of one Methil school, those memories are now more precious than ever.

In 2016, Kirkland High School’s story will reach an end as it merges with Buckhaven High School.

But, before that significant juncture, Kirkland celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary – giving staff and puils, current and new, an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on its central role within the Levenmouth community.

Organisation for this celebration has officially begun and head teacher Ronnie Ross is hoping the community can make it another event to remember.

Speaking to former pupils and staff, he said: “We are hoping you can give us some anecdotes, stories, photographs, school reports – anything to do with Kirkland to help us celebrate 50 fabulous years of education and the end of Kirkland as we all know it, as we move forward with the plans for the new Levenmouth school.”

Kirkland Junior High School opened its doors to a first intake of pupils in August 1963 but, because it was a phased build, Kirkland’s officially opened in May 1965.

The building, which was hailed as state-of-the-art at the time, adopted a design layout which featured quadrangles “reminiscent of Medieval College Planning.”

Material used included Italian mosaic faced concrete panels, Broughton Moor Green slate from the Lake District and Burmah teak throughout.

And, do any alma maters still wonder where the statue in the middle of the school pond came from?

Well, according to Kirkland’s official opening souvenir programme, the sculpture was designed on the theme of ‘Arising’ by Bill Scott of Edinburgh College of Art.

But, as they say, buildings merely provide the bricks and the mortar – the people contained within gave Kirkland a lasting history.

Notable former students include artist Jack Vettriano, London-based chocolatier William Curley and John Lewis’ ad wizard and brand manager, Craig Inglis.

As for the teachers, there were a host of memorable characters – including art teacher (and archery champion) Ranald Hutton, English teacher Mandy Powell (now a university lecturer) and deputy headteacher John Brown (an original student at the school).

However, that’s just a small taste...

Ronnie Ross said: “Kirkland High School and Community College has played a vital role in the local community over the last half century, and has taught tens of thousands of youngsters in this period.

“The staff and pupils continue to work hard every day to ensure all the young people and students get the best education possible, and this will continue right up until 2016.

“Staff and pupils are devising events to mark 50 fantastic years and also hope the occasion will be a suitable way to mark the end of the Kirkland story with the merging of Buckhaven and Kirkland and the new Levenmouth secondary school scheduled for summer 2016.”

So, do you have a favourite teacher, anecdote or photograph – or want to get involved in the anniversary organisation?

If you can help, please get in touch with Anna Muzyka, admin co-ordinator on 01334 659403, or email the school at kirklandhs.enquiries@fife.gov.uk. 

If you would also like to help co-ordinate this with staff and pupils from the school, then get in touch the same way.

A special 50th Kirkland Committee is being set up and it is always looking for new members to join and become involved.

Mr Ross concluded: “We look forward to hearing from you and thanks in advance – this will be an event you cannot miss!”

 

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