Celebrating Sandwickhill School

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To start a series of events to mark the closure of Sandwickhill School, an informal an informal tea and coffee evening were held on Wednesday night.

As well as tea and cakes, a small exhibition of school photographs was on display to kick start people’s reminiscences of their time at the school.

Headteacher Calum Maclean with former pupils of Sandwickhill.

Headteacher Calum Maclean with former pupils of Sandwickhill.

The school is keen to find more examples of photographs, report cards, records or other old school memorabilia which can be copied and returned to their owners. These will form the basis of an exhibition and publication to be produced in the final term as a lasting memorial to the school’s long history.

Sandwickhill head teacher, Calum Maclean, said: “This was the start of a series of events to celebrate the school and the role it has played in the local community. We’re keen to uncover more about he school’s history from former pupils and staff and this event is a chance for people to start sharing their memories.”

School pupils are also keeping their own log books, recording weekly life at the school, extracts of which will be posted in an online blog. For those wishing to share memories but who cannot attend, there is a Sandwickhill School Memories page on Facebook where people can leave comments and follow the School’s activities.

The event was supported by funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig and practical support from Sandwick Community Council, Stornoway Historical Society and ERDF-funded Tasglann nan Eilean Siar, (Hebridean Archives).