Bonnybridge school celebrates its 25th birthday

Sheena Lambie and William Parker of Greenhill Historical Society and Antonine pupils display various exhibits
Sheena Lambie and William Parker of Greenhill Historical Society and Antonine pupils display various exhibits
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A school with a unique connection to the ancient Roman empire is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its opening with a series of events.

Antonine Primary in High Bonnybridge opened in 1988 and has proved so popular with parents that it has twice been extended. It is currently undergoing a third development that will increase its capacity to 400.

The school takes its name from the Antonine Wall, which once passed directly through what is now the playground. Construction of the barrier began in 142 AD on the order of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, and took about 12 years to complete.

At its peak the wall was the northernmost frontier of the Roman empire, which stretched from what is now Libya in the south to Turkey in the west.

Antonine Primary was built as the result of a merger of two nearby schools, Broomhill and Greenhill.

Current pupils and staff marked the anniversary with a day of activities on Friday while parents and carers earlier attended an exhibition on the school’s history, which was assembled with the help of the Greenhill Historical Trust.

This week, members of the public were invited to attend the school’s production of ‘Hoodwinked’, a musical about Robin Hood, staged at Bonnybridge St Helen’s Church on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Head teacher Lynne Vint, who has been in charge of the school since 2011, said: “The local community is very proud of its school and is paramount in ensuring the future success of the school towards its next big anniversary.

“We have an energetic and highly committed staff, each of whom have the best interests of pupils in mind.

“Pupils participate in many events organised by Falkirk Council; we are building excellence in sporting activities, and we have Gold status for Enterprise in Education and this year. e