Anna Ritchie holds party to celebrate anniversary

Mrs Cruickshank and some pupils help Mr Hepburn to plant a Golden Alder Tree to mark the school's 50th anniversary
Mrs Cruickshank and some pupils help Mr Hepburn to plant a Golden Alder Tree to mark the school's 50th anniversary

Pupils and teachers at Anna Ritchie School were in the party mood on Wednesday as they celebrated the school’s 50th anniversary.

Head teacher, Ishbel Cruickshank had originally planned an outdoor street party to celebrate the occasion, but due to wet weather, the party was taken inside to the hall.

Pupils and teachers were allowed to dress down for the day, and were treated to some party food and a disco later on in the afternoon.

Technical teacher, Mr Hepburn, planted a Golden Alder Tree out in the school’s Sensory Garden.

That particular tree was chosen as the school is celebrating its Golden anniversary.

Inside the school, pictures of staff and pupils from the past five decades are featured on the walls, bringing back many memories for those who feature in them.

Anna Ritchie School was formally opened on May 29 1963 and was named after Anna Ritchie, a woman that tought children with learning difficulties at home as there was not a school at the time.

As well as this special party to mark the anniversary, the school held a coffee morning on Saturday, May 18.

Celebratory tea towels featuring self portraits of pupils from room 3 were for sale as well as hand designed mugs by Room 6 pupils.

Teachers and pupils hadalso been busy growing plants in the school greenhouse, which were sold in individual pots on the coffee morning too.