St Marie’s reunited for 40th anniversary

St Maries 40th anniversary mass with Archbishop Leo Cushley
St Maries 40th anniversary mass with Archbishop Leo Cushley

Staff and pupils, old and new, came together to celebrate 40 years of St Marie’s Primary School in Kirkcaldy.

The school opened in 1975 in its current location on Macindoe Crescent, having moved from its original building at Glebe Park, and had a week of celebrations starting off with a Holy Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Leo Cushley.

The newly restored stained glass window

The newly restored stained glass window

The school then held an open evening on Thursday where the pupils acted as tour guides, showing off memorabilia from across the last 40 years.

The event was attended by many ex-pupils and staff, including former head Brenda Tuckerman, and current headteacher of St Andrews, Patrick Callaghan, who was a pupil when the school moved into the new building.

“I vividly remember we all got brought here to have a look when it was just a shell,” he said.

“When we moved in it was like night and day compared to the old building and even at such a young age we appreciated it.

St Maries P7 pupils in 1977

St Maries P7 pupils in 1977

“Obviously now we have good, close links with the school so I come here quite frequently, but even still it always brings back lots of great memories.”

To mark the anniversary the pupils wrote and performed a brand new hymn and also constructed a cross with the thumb print of every pupil and staff member at the school.

There was also the installation of a newly restored stained glass window which came from St. Margaret’s church in Dunfermline.

To finish, the pupils held an anniversary concert, celebrating ‘40 Years In Music.’

St Maries P7 pupils in 1979

St Maries P7 pupils in 1979

Mary Caldwell, headteacher, said: “We’ve been planning the celebrations for around six months and were delighted that the Archbishop came and I am so impressed with the new hymn which the children wrote themselves especially for the
occasion.

“It was great to see so many former members of staff and pupils come in and take a trip down memory lane.”

St Maries pupils dress for a festival in 1983

St Maries pupils dress for a festival in 1983