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Pupils document history ahead of centenary 27 April 2008

AN appeal to the public for memorabilia has led to a display that will form part of Centenary Week (May 19-23) at Ballacloan Infants’ School in Douglas.

Included are a football shield and football cap, inkwells, a full-size abacus for teacher demonstration, a 1918 copy of The Teachers’ Times and many copies of class photographs, on the back of which the donors have kindly written the names of the people they remember.

Headteacher Jill Gill said:

‘We have been very touched by the time and trouble people have taken to forward items to us.
As part of the celebrations, a time capsule will be buried on 21 May containing photographs depicting classrooms and children modelling their school uniform and PE kit and involved in learning activities.'

There will also be artefacts such as one of the ‘Well Done’ certificates that are awarded to children on a weekly basis for special achievements in their work, their conduct or their general contribution to the school community, Mrs Gill said.

The school will be open to the public between 1.30pm and 5pm from 19-22 May, with Wednesday 21 May being the day specially set aside for invited guests.

Friday 23 May will see a party for pupils, with the whole school dressing up in a style of their choice from over the past 100 years.

Preparations are well underway for the exhibition, which will include displays of children’s drawing and writing about the school’s history, photographs, a replica of a 1900s classroom corner, a Maypole and a PowerPoint presentation of past pupils and teachers being interviewed by some Ballacloan children.

The school opened as Demesne Road Boys’ School. On September 6, 1974, it became Ballacloan Infants’ School.

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