Slamannan Primary in Falkirk yesterday celebrated its 140th anniversary, having opened in September 1876. It is the oldest school in Falkirk, with nearby Limerigg Primary, which also celebrates its anniversary this year, a close second.
Scran attended the school’s celebrations, which included a morning of Victorian-style lessons, a Victorian school lunch of mince and tatties, and an afternoon assembly in which various classes recited Victorian nursery rhymes and songs and updated us on the work that they had been doing in preparation for the school’s anniversary year. The contrast between 1876, when children were to be seen and not heard, and 2016, where pupils were an active part of the learning process, and their feedback and participation welcomed and valued, was striking.
Guest speakers remembered Slamannan’s history, and spoke of a typical day at a Victorian school, much of which seemed to involve punishment! Tea and cake were served afterwards, and visitors, who included many former pupils, perused old school photos as they tried to identify former classmates. The children’s hard work was evident, from the Victorian plate decorations to the images of famous Victorians on the walls, and the fact that every pupil and teacher dressed up in Victorian costume really added to the atmosphere of the day.
Scran is planning to work closely with Slamannan this year as they investigate the past and look to the future, so watch this space. And if you’d like us to come to your school and work directly with your classes on any topic at all (not just Victorians), drop us a line.
Images © Falkirk Museums, Historic Environment Scotland – photographer Andrew James| Licensor Scran