Last Thursday saw the latest celebration of Penninghame School building’s 50-year anniversary with a concert at the Douglas Ewart High School
It was an amazing sight to see 270 pupils from Penninghame Primary School and Nursery on the stage as they all stood together to sing songs.
The children were led onto the stage to the rousing sound of ‘Uptown Funk’. The audience of 350 parents and community members clapped along, waving at their children and wondering how they would all fit onto the stage. But they did, and Alison McGuigan from PopUK led the children in performing a wonderful concert for the audience.
The children sang eight songs, most of which were about love, faith, caring and sharing, and about looking after each other and our world. One song was specially written for the school by parents in celebration of the school’s anniversary. The children performed the songs with so much energy and all there seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
The concert was opened by Janice McKie, a current member of staff and a former Primary one pupil from 1965. She was accompanied by Ellie McEwan, the youngest pupil in the current Primary one class. In between the songs, Penninghame pupils from different classes read extracts of former pupils’ memories of the school. It was interesting to hear that Penninghame kitchen staff had helped to cook for the rescue workers after the Lockerbie plane crash in 1988, and that the school children used to get a small bottle of milk every day which would freeze in the winter from being kept outside.
The concert was made possible by kind donations from local businesses as well as a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund. This Lottery grant has also paid for each Penninghame School and Nursery family to be given a free CD of all the songs from the concert, plus an extra song recorded by the staff.
Penninghame School’s anniversary celebrations continue this weekend with a 50th Anniversary themed fete with lots of extra stalls and events for this special year.