Bankier Primary School celebrates 50th anniversary

Pupils release red baloons to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Bankier Primary School
Pupils release red baloons to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Bankier Primary School

A village school marked the 50th anniversary of its opening by unveiling a time capsule and releasing a sea of red balloons.

The purpose-built Bankier Primary welcomed its first pupils on August 24, 1964, following the closure of the old Banknock and Longcroft schools.

29-08-2014. Picture Michael Gillen.  BANKNOCK. Bankier Primary School. Celebrations to mark school's 50th anniversary. Time capsule ceremony and balloon release. Provost Pat Reid, pupils council, Jim Blackwood and Susan Dyer.

29-08-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. BANKNOCK. Bankier Primary School. Celebrations to mark school's 50th anniversary. Time capsule ceremony and balloon release. Provost Pat Reid, pupils council, Jim Blackwood and Susan Dyer.

The Beatles had the number one album of the week with ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and Sir Alec Douglas-Home was entering the final days of his short term as Prime Minister.

Fast forward 50 years and the class of 2014 was joined by staff, parents and well-wishers to celebrate what has become the hub of the local community.

Provost Pat Reid, dressed in full regalia, was joined by Banknock councillor Jim Blackwood and former teacher Malcolm Cowie to seal the capsule.

The capsule, which is housed in a cairn built from stone from both Banknock and Longcroft schools, contains a copy of Bankier’s school improvement plan for 2014-15 and toys that children currently enjoy - including loombands, the craze of the moment.

The provost led a countdown before pupils released 50 red balloons, one for each year the school has been open.

A prize will be given to the pupil whose balloon is found after travelling the longest distance.

Head teacher Susan Dyer said: “It was a wonderful day. We’d like to thank John Penman and Malcolm Cowie for their help in building the cairn.”