Kingcase Primary School recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Opening up back in 1971, the school was one of the first in the country to adopt the open-plan classroom design.

To celebrate its magnificent milestone, the school held a fun lunch for kids to enjoy the celebrations, with donations from Lime Green Estate Agents, Hall’s Bakery and Electric Bakery.

The celebratory day included kids getting their hands on some tasty treats, as well as the pupils looking through the log books to see what their school looked like in years gone by.

Head Teacher Mrs McKechnie says she was delighted to see how much the kids enjoyed what was an important day of celebration for them

She said: “It’s been great to look at the school in the past and compare it to what the school was like in the past.

“We had an interactive assembly as well so we could get involved with things from the past as well, which has been great for the kids and the teachers.

“It’s been important for us to reflect on the importance of our school within the community, because it is a real pillar of the community.

“The school is the heart of the community. I’ve been here for 14 years and I would say that our community supports our school so well, and we’re trying to do the same for the community.

“That’s always been the case throughout our 50-year history, so it’s only right that we try and continue that and expand on that as much as we can. Each class had made a pledge to give back to the community in some way, and we’ll be keeping a log of that as well.”

With the issues that have gone on since March 2020, this has been the first real chance the school has had to have any kind of in-person celebration.

It’s something that Mrs McKechnie believes is also important for everyone to realise how well they’ve handled the Covid situation.

She continued: “It’s important to see a smile on the kids’ faces and them being able to be interacting with their friends and things like that again.

“The children have been phenomenal since the pandemic hit.

“They’re extremely resilient, but to see the way they have adapted to everything that

has gone on and just managed to go along with has made me extremely proud. I think parents and guardians would say the same thing, that kids are happy to be back in school and back into a routine.

“It can be a safe space for a lot of kids as well and being with people they know.

“That’s why I think it was so important to hold this celebration, not only for our anniversary, but for everything that’s gone on”.