Staff and pupils past and present gathered last Saturday to mark the 25th anniversary of Auchtertyre Primary School in Lochalsh.
An autumn fair at the school doubled up as a silver celebration and was attended by past and present friends of the school, including a good number of those who taught in Auchtertyre when it first opened and since. Also attending were some of the first pupils who came to the school when it opened in November 1990, replacing the schools at Dornie, Achmore and Lochalsh. Auchtertyre Primary was officially opened the following May after the completion of the playground.
Auchtertyre head teacher Alasdair Earnshaw said: “The Lochalsh Pipe Band played for us, marking one of the changes that has happened over the past 25 years. Pupils at Auchtertyre have grasped this opportunity with both hands and make up the majority of the drum section. It was good to bring together the past and present of the school in a celebration of what it is and has been.
“I would like to thank our communities for supporting us and making the school what it is today. Rae Johnstone — the first head teacher at Auchtertyre — was invited to cut the celebratory cake by myself, the second head teacher. Being head teacher at Auchtertyre is a long-term commitment!”
Pictured (back row, left to right) are ex pupils Sharon Peterkin, Lindsay Finlay, Donna MacRae and former staff members Rose MacLeod and Mardi Wood. Front row (left to right) are staff members past and present Maggie Finlayson, Brenda Love, Catherine Quinn, Jane MacRae, Rae Johnstone, Effie Lamont, Donalda MacRae and Alison MacLennan