Open day as school bell rings for the last time

Airidhantuim Primary School, Lewis is holding three open days at the school to commemorate its closing after 135 years.

The school opened on Christmas Eve 1877 and will close in March 2012, with children transferring to the new Sgoil an Taobh Siar.

The open days and evenings will take place from Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st March, with an agenda for each day which will incorporate performances from present pupils and a chance to take a tour of the school to see how it has changed over the years.

This will also give past and present pupils and staff an opportunity to see displays of photographs, memories and entries from log books which have been collected by the school and volunteers from Ness Historical Society in recent months.

On the morning of Monday the 19th, former staff are invited to the school, and in the afternoon the local Young at Heart Club are invited to see the performance and the exhibition.

On Tuesday the 20th, the exhibition will be open from 10.30am to 3pm for all members of the public, and the pupils will be performing in the morning and the afternoon.

For anyone who misses these daytime performances, there will be another opportunity to see the children from 7pm in the school canteen.

On Wednesday the 21st, there will be an evening performance by the children, which will also take place in the canteen.

Throughout these open days, music will be provided by former pupils for visitors to enjoy while looking round the exhibition.

As well as tea and coffee, there will also be cheese sandwiches and cocoa on offer.

This mixture of sweet and savoury will reflect what past pupils were given for lunch by the teacher. There were no school lunches or packed lunches then!

The pupils and staff look forward to seeing all those who have memories from days spent in Airidhantuim School.

The project is being supported by funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig with practical assistance from the ERDF-funded Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives).