Back to school 50 years on

An exterior view of Kikland High School in Methil, Fife
An exterior view of Kikland High School in Methil, Fife

Past pupils and staff of Kirkland High School have been invited to a special open evening tonight (Wednesday) to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Plans to mark the special occasion have been in the works for over a year, with a dedicated ‘Kirkland 50th’ group set up to organise a variety of events ahead of the anniversary in two months time.

The whole school is getting involved.

Karen Hamilton, business manager

The school will officially mark the occasion in May, 50 years after it was completed after initially opening its doors to pupils in 1963 as part of phased building work.

The group has already welcomed parents to a special parents evening - many were pupils themselves at the Methil Brae facility.

But now anyone connected with the school through education or work, or simply an interested party is being invited along to the informal event.

Karen Hamilton, business manager at Kirkland High School, told the Mail: “The hall will be set up with a special display covering the last 50 years, and the senior pupils will be available to take people on a tour of the building too.

“There are a few of our departments putting on separate displays round the school as well.

“We have quite a lot old pictures, year books and register lists here so people can come and look at those and maybe spot themselves on the list. The whole school is getting involved.”

Refreshments will also be provided.

For many past pupils and local residents, this will also be an opportunity to say goodbye to the school, which is due to close ahead of the opening of the brand new Levenmouth High School campus on the grounds of Buckhaven High School in time for the new term in 2016.

If the open evening is a success, the school may look to organise a more formal event, and it is also hoping to set up a lunch for past staff members.

The open evening takes place at Kirkland High School and Community College, Methil Brae between 5.00 - 8.00 p.m.

For more details and to share your old pictures, contact Karen on 03451 55 55 55 ext 461023.