Anna Ritchie set to celebrate 50 years

Mr Hepburn and pupils from Room 7 with the plants that will be available to buy
Mr Hepburn and pupils from Room 7 with the plants that will be available to buy

Anna Ritchie School will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary later this month and have organised a series of events to mark the occasion.

This Saturday (May 18) the school will be holding a Coffee Morning from 10am to 12pm.

Visitors can view a range of old photos from throughout the past five decades, selected by the Pupil Council.

Celebratory tea towels featuring self-portraits of pupils from Room 3 will be for sale, as well as hand designed mugs by Room 6 pupils.

Teachers and pupils have also been busy growing plants in the school greenhouse, which will be sold in individual pots.

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

On May 29 this year, the school will be holding a street party for children and staff, followed by a disco in the afternoon.

An Open Afternoon will be held at Anna Ritchie School on Friday, May 31 from 1.30pm until 3pm.

Guests will be shown around the building by current members of staff, explaining the different activities pupils take part in while at school.

Current Head Teacher, Ishbel Cruickshank, said: ”Anyone can come along to the Open Day, especially ex-pupils and members of staff so they can see how much the school has changed over 50 years and since they last attended.”