St Agatha’s clock up 40th birthday

Celebrating 40 years of education at St Agatha's Primary School
Celebrating 40 years of education at St Agatha's Primary School

Pupils and staff at St Agatha’s Primary in Kirkintilloch clocked up the school’s 40th anniversary in style with a host of VIP guests.

Celebrations included a special service taken by Philip Tartaglia, the Archbishop of Glasgow, who praised the school on their achievements.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia with pupils, teachers and guests

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia with pupils, teachers and guests

The school’s first headmistress Maria McIntyre also 
attended and spoke fondly of her time there. Other special guests included Provost Una Walker, Councillor Stewart MacDonald, the school’s parish priest Father Milarvie and headteacher of St Ninian’s, Paul McLaughlin.

Present headteacher at St Agatha’s, Paul Manley said: “It was a wonderful celebration of the school and its huge contribution to the community over the years.

“Despite being a small school, we have raised more than £16,000 for mission projects in the third world, which is quite an achievement.

“The whole school was involved in the celebration and it was fantastic to welcome so many former pupils and staff, including three past headteachers. Maria, who now lives in Bearsden, has fond memories of her time here.

“Children from primary two upwards attended the 
celebratory afternoon and I think they all had a great time.”

Visitors were also invited to take a trip down memory lane with part of the celebrations including an exhibition of old photos of the school.

The children also displayed a special certificate celebrating the landmark birthday.