Planning a final farewell to Viewforth High School

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With just 333 days to go until the opening of the new high school which will serve the east of Kirkcaldy, former pupils are being asked to turn their thoughts to saying goodbye to Viewforth.

And, to that end, a meeting will be held next Thursday, October 1, where past students can get together to discuss their ideas for events and keepsakes to mark the end of 107 years in the current building which has served generations of Langtonians.

Emma and Claire Johnson in the Viewforth High School band in 1995

Emma and Claire Johnson in the Viewforth High School band in 1995

Heather Henderson (49), who lives in Craigmount in Kirkcaldy, attended the school from 1978-82 and, although she missed a lot of school through illness, she remembers her time there with fondness.

“What stands out in your mind are the teachers who made school special and your classmates, so although Viewforth the building will close, Viewforth the school and what it stands for will continue in the new building.”

Heather has been speaking to former schoolmates through a Facebook page for current and former pupils, and after a meeting with rector Adrian Watt to try to organise a reunion in the building before it closes, she has become involved in a committee to take forward plans for saying farewell to the school over the coming year.

“I am excited to be involved in this through a simple suggestion I made to the school, and I hope many other former pupils will take the opportunity to come along to the school next week to put forward their ideas for what we could do to celebrate the life of Viewforth.

Former Viewforth High rector Mr Henderson with the head boy and girl and senior prefects from 1968/69.

Former Viewforth High rector Mr Henderson with the head boy and girl and senior prefects from 1968/69.

“There have already been ideas such as a memory book, an open exhibition of old photographs and memorabilia and a farewell Christmas dance as well as a sports day involving current and former pupils and maybe a choir involving past and present students.

“We will collate all the ideas after the meeting and come up with a list of the best ones and take these forward as possible events and ideas for the coming year.”

Adrian Watt, rector, told the Press it was important for former as well as current pupils to have the opportunity to say goodbye to the school building.

“It has helped in the lives of around four generations of youngsters and the key thing is the people who passed through its doors – the pupils, teachers and all the staff who have helped make it what it is.

A homemaking class from 1951

A homemaking class from 1951

“We would like to track down the oldest former pupil, former Duxes and house captains from the school, former rectors and staff and build up a collection of old memorabilia from people’s time at the school.

“I hope as many former pupils as possible can come along and put forward their ideas so we can work on a programme of events and things that they would like to happen, as well as those our current pupils come up with too.”

Former Viewforth High pupill Heather Henderson who is helping to organise the Viewforth events

Former Viewforth High pupill Heather Henderson who is helping to organise the Viewforth events