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THE boys and girls at Kirkcowan Primary have been reporting on the many activities taking place to mark their school’s 150th anniversary.

Among the special occasions they have been writing about were a celebratory ceilidh and a birthday tea dance.

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The children in P3/4/5 worked in groups to hone their writing skills, including thinking up appropriate headlines for their work. Here are their finished results.

Kirkcowan Community had their feet on the go at the Celebratory Ceilidh.

It was dance, dance, dance on Saturday 26th May as Kirkcowan School’s reunion ceilidh went off with a bang at St Couan’s hall. This event was one of the last celebrations to mark 150 years. Lots of people turned out to celebrate and the night was a great success.

Miss Dunse, former head teacher, called out the dances for the evening and the programme included Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant and Canadian Barn Dance.

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To break up the ceilidh dancing Wallace School of Dance performed six Highland dances. These included a hilarious performance of “Donald, where’s your trousers?” by Callum Adams and the Highland fling performed perfectly by Libby Adams and friends. Nathan Paterson, P7 pupil of Kirkcowan School, played his bagpipes at the interval and a P4 pupil said: “Nathan played so well for such a young age.” During the break there was also a raffle with lots of exciting prizes. A grandmother of a P4 pupil won the top prize of tickets to a Stranraer football game. Archie Mortiboy, the lucky grandson, said: “What a brilliant prize.”

There was a delicious buffet which included sandwiches, pizza, quiche and lots of other scrumptious food. Mrs Caldwell thanked everybody for coming and the 150th anniversary committee for making the night such a success. A parent of a Wallace School of Dance pupil said of the evening: “A lovely, friendly night. Thanks for asking us. Here’s to the next 150 years.”

Kirkcowan Community enjoy School’s 150th Birthday Tea Dance

Kirkcowan School’s 150 years committee organised a very successful Tea Dance on Saturday 12th May in the village hall from 2-4pm. All members of the community were welcome.

At the start of the afternoon all the ladies got a dance card, as this was traditional at tea dances in the past. During the interval, there were lots of different, delicious cakes and sandwiches to munch on. There were also some excellent musicians, Mr Jim Paxton, Dr Mary Marshall and Mr Archie Marshall, who came to play and entertain at the interval. Kirkcowan School’s head teacher Mrs Caldwell gave a speech to thank everyone for coming along and thanked the committee for all their hard work.

When asked to comment on the afternoon, a former pupil of Kirkcowan School, Margaret Cassie, said: “Lovely to return to the village to join in the 150th celebrations.” Also, a grandmother of a P4 pupil, Kay Ribbens, said: “What a super afternoon, really great idea and thank you.”