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Armadale Primary School Past and Present

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Updated 19 May 2012

On this page:

  • Armadale Primary School Dux Award Recipients
  • Link to Armadale Primary School, plus details of a few recent achievements
  • Armadale Primary School Photos of 1950s classes

 

Email below received 15 May 2012.  I was delighted to hear about this initiative and I hope it will receive plenty of support, not only from the Armadale community, but also from others with Armadale connections around the world! Rosie

Armadale Primary School
Academy Street
Armadale
West Lothian
EH48 3JD

Dear Sir/Madam

We are the Enterprise Committee, as you know we have been really successful this year, winning the Chamber Of Commerce Enterprising School Award and The Stellar Award. One of our early projects was a memory book and we interviewed former pupils of the school. Our book sold at profit so we decided to use the money we earned to set up a cafe. The cafe has been really successful and we want to build on that.

We are glad to announce our newest project, an Armadale Primary Museum and if you have any memories, photos or reports please inform the school. We would really appreciate copies of them so we can use them to set up our museum.

We appreciate your support and if you can help us please contact The Enterprise Committee at Armadale Primary School. Thank you in advance for your help.


Kind Regards
The Enterprise Committee

 

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Below: Jim Ferguson and the original Armadale Primary School Dux Board for 1930s - 1950s, carved by a local teacher, Mr Slater. 

 

 

Bob Owens in Australia wrote to us about the board: 'Greetings from down under, yes that is the board that I worked on when at school, carved by Mr Slater, school holidays 1947....we took turns working linseed oil into the wood, I am very glad that it has been restored, and has it been replaced to its original position, in the hall on stage below Bruce and the spider...'

 

See ARMADALE PRIMARY SCHOOL DUX BOARD page for photos and speeches of the unveiling ceremony, 6 March 2009

ARMADALE DUX AWARD RECIPIENTS

Please note this was an early draft for the board

and may have changed since the Dux Event

1880

James Meek

Elizabeth Chalmers

1881

John Sneddon

Mary Johnstone Stewart

1882

William M. Martin

Isabella Telford Wilson

1883

William Law

Agnes Gillon

1884

James Muir Smith

Jessie Gibb / Robina Robertson

1885

Alexander Cooper

 Robina Robertson

1886

Alexander Shearer

Janet Love

1887

William Alexander 

 Maggie Gibb

1888

 

 

1889

 

 

1890

John Matheson

Agnes Brown

1891

John Souter

Maggie Baird

1892

Hosea Ferguson

 

1893

George Purves

Maggie Paul

1894

David Boyle

Minnie Sneddon

1895

John McKenzie

Marion Lauder / Sarah Dougan

1896

Robert Gibb

Margaret Smart

1897

Thomas Pearson Matheson

 Grace L. Wilson

1898

Alexander Law

Maggie McGarrity

1899

Thomas Pow

Janet C. Selkirk

1900

John Wilson

Mary Love

1901

David Graham

Sarah Stafford

1902

Joseph Blair Syson

Marion Russell Bishop

1903

Joseph Blair Syson

Jessie Russell

1904

Maggie Allan

William Hunter

1905

George Todd

Kate Love

1906

Robert Love

Maggie Morrison

1907

James Waddell

Cathline McCabe

1908

Joseph Dodds

Nellie Wallace

1909

John Stein

Marion Boyd

1910

Archibald Samuel

Bessie Kerr

1911

James Samuel

Peggie Smith

1912

Thomas Morris

Mary Notman

1913

Thomas McGarrity

Julia Walker

1914

Alex Thomson

Margaret Mathieson

1915

James Sharp

Isabella Christie

1916

James Gillon Morris

Maggie Boyd

1917

William Ogilvie

Peggy Calder

1918

 

 

1919

 

 

1920

Russell Warnock

Nan Thom

1921

John Radcliffe

Nettie Middleton

1922

Thomas S. Kerr

Elizabeth Louden

1923

James Brown

Janet Dickson

1924

John Love

Elizabeth Brown

1925

Andrew Easton

Annie Brown

1926

John McNeil

Jeanie Dods

1927

James McCracken

Margaret Rae

1928

Charles Fleming

Catherine Macdonald

1929

Francis Clark

Margaret Rodger

1930

Margaret Mcaulay

Alexander Rae

1931

John Scott

Elizabeth P Denholm

1932

Robert Ferrier

Margaret Peden

1933

James Ramsay

Martha White

1934

Andrew Ramage

Jean Nimmo

1935

John McAulay

Elizabeth White

1936

James Wood

Janet Milne Correction with thanks to Karen

1937

James Kerr

Janet Smith

1938

Daniel Birrell

Jane Slater

1939

Robert Kerr

Agnes Kerr

1940

Robert Naismith

Nan Duncan

1941

James Valentine

Annie Wardrop

1942

John Slater

Elizabeth Duthie

1943

William Forsyth

Dorothy Russell

1944

George Johnstone

Mary Baird / Elizabeth Prentice

1945

Alex Walker

Elizabeth J. Watson

1946

James Dobbins

Ann Smart

1947

Peter Murray Reid

Helen Beveridge

1948

John Wilson

Elizabeth Hamilton

1949

John Leitch / Gavin Young

Sheila Wood

1950

James Aitken

Jean Gardner

1951

John McCracken

Margaret L. Millar

1952

Charles Johnston

Jean Stevenson

1953

Hugh G. McKenna

Louise Louden

1954

Daniel McCracken

Jean M. Cooper

1955

Linda McLeod

Alan Boyle

1956

James McMillan

Ann Legge

1957

Agnes (Nancy Rutherford)

Thomas Russell

1958

Mary Ann Love

Robert Halliday

1959

Charles Davidson

Una Morrow

1960

Alison Peden

John Gilfoyle

1961

Ian M. Todd

Helen Cadogan

1962

Stewart Neil

Doreen Russell

1963

John Davidson

Sandra Thomson

1964

Brian Pollock

Wilma Knox

1965

Elaine Corsie

Tom Spalding

1966

Elis Gilbert

Ian Hunter

1967

Margaret McLuckie

William Ross

1968

Alex Milligan

Sandra Calderhead

1969

Anne Wylie

James Gauld

1970

Fiona Gardner

Ronald Neil

1971

Robert A. Hunter

Heather Mallace

 

Armadale Primary School

(The hyperlink above links to documents, term dates, etc)

Academy Street, Armadale, EH48 3JD

Head Teacher : Allison Phillips

01501 730282

fax:  01501 730301

armadale.pswled.org.uk
 

December 2008: Congratulations to Classes 6 and 7 of Armadale Primary School who have won the Enterprising School accolade at West Lothian Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Excellence Awards by successfully created their own newspaper.

2008:  As a result of the HMI visit in November 2008, the School of 383 children has been praised for its class teaching, parent-teacher partnerships, staff's commitment to inclusion, and the work of the nurture group.  Particular comments were made about the caring and supportive environment that the School provided

Executive councillor for Education, Andrew Miller, said that the School had made considerable progress in a short time and that inspectors had given particular praise to the way in which parents had been welcomed in to School to become more involved in their children's learning.

Alison Phillips, Head Teacher, was also praised for the way in which she had 'set out a clear vision for the school and has focused on improving the culture for learning. She has also effectively managed significant changes with support from teachers, and has created a positive and supportive climate for staff and pupils'.

September 2007: Armadale Primary School pupils are joining a study to compare their lifestyles with those of children in Tian Jin, northern China.  They were recently visited by Runmeng Liu, a teacher from the Chinese town.

Data for 2005 - 2006

Care Commission and HMI Inspection of Nursery Class 2005 Report

Congratulations to Armadale Primary School teachers Samantha Heneghan and Kirsty McLaren who developed the excellent Robert Burns activity learning resources pack as a result of their placement at the Burns Heritage Centre.
 

 

Armadale Primary School Photos of 1951

Back row (top): William Graham; Andrew Mungall; Donald Nimmo; Alex Pow; Jim McCreadie; Andrew Holt; 7 ; James McAlpine.
2nd top row: Roy Bell; Bobby Alcorn; William Watson; Billy Walker; John Smith; William Gibson; Jim Robinson; Wesley Ball.
3rd top row: Elizabeth Harris; Jane Begbie; Jean Ferguson; Linda McConnachie; Ann McAlpine; Helen Nimmo; Priscilla Furness; Mary Gibson; Mary Baird; Sandra ?.
4th top row: Margaret Smith; Mary Smart ; Gracie Brown; Ann Potter; 5 ; Christine McKenzie; Sadie Moffat; Christine Brown; Diane Henderson; Sally McAllister.
Front row (bottom): Jim Spiers; William Leech; 4;  Derek Hamlin; Peter Fleming; George McClarin.

Can you name the last names not identified in Primary 5b Armadale Public School (1951)? Please e-mail Rosie

Update 20 February 2009: Many thanks to 'Maxi' for the additional names.

Update 9 March 2009: Many thanks to Elizabeth Elliott (Harris) for more of the missing names.

Updated 17 May 2010: Many thanks to Anne Murray for the correction.

Updated 6 September 2010: Many thanks to Alex Pow for additional names.

Updated 6 March 2012:  Many thanks to Jane Will (Begbie) for more names, corrections and the photo below!

Last few names for the photo above- surely someone who attended last year's Bathgate reunion of the class of '51 can remember them?

Girls from the class of '51 at Gala Day

 

A MESSAGE FROM JIM McCREADIE

We were delighted to hear from Jim McCreadie recently when he sent us the photos shown above and below. 

He wrote: "I would like to thank you for the Armadale website. I do enjoy going in there and looking around. After looking at some of the photos. My the old place has changed.

I live in Canada now, but lived in Armadale in the early 50's, and lived on Mayfield Drive. My Dad worked at the Bathville Brick Works.  I attended Armadale Public School and was in the Boys Brigade. As a BB I was present when the Queen visited Armadale. The BB's and Boy Scouts lined the Queen's route. I was standing about 50 meters from the stand where she met all the local dignitaries.  I can still remember The Queen and Prince Philip, as they drove right by me ( just a few feet)."

and about the photos he wrote: "if you hear from any of these people I would be more than happy to hear about them.  I would also be glad to hear of any feedback. Best wishes, Jim"

Boys' Brigade at the Gala Day Parade, photographed in Mayfield Drive/Calder Crescent, c1952? Jim McCreadie at centre with his head turned to the left.

1953: Armadale Public School Alice in Wonderland float in the Parade. Alice:
Jean Ferguson; Mad Hatter: Jim McCreadie; The Duchess: Christine McKenzie. The art teacher in the middle: Mr Currie.

Armadale Primary School Photos of 1956

Armadale Primary School 7b 1956

Teacher: Mrs. Robertson (nee Mamie Douglas)

Back Row L>R: ? Weir; Alex Mackay; Willie Murray; Roger Strickland; Tommy Bishop; Jackie Ferguson;
Zander Morton; Stewart Kerr; Ian Ellis; Maxwell Brown; Davie Cook
Middle Row: Mrs. Robertson; ?; James Dixon; Catherine Morris; ?; Isobel Fullerton?; Annie Leitch
Front Row: Eileen Dempster; Hazel Clark; Mary Brown; Norma Blain; Sheena Ferguson; Helen Christie.

from Maxie Brown 'forever a Dale boy'!

Armadale Primary School, Grade 6a, 1956

Top Row L>R: David Simpson; James Williamson; David McKenna; Tom Bennett; David Walker; Robert McKee;
Charles Robb; Angus MacRitchie; Joseph McIndoe; James Simpson; David Love; Christie; Reid; William Couper
2nd Row from Top Row L>R: Robert Halliday; Charlotte Stewart; Marjorie Mearson; Margaret Pow; Nan Allan;
Anne Potter; Elaine Sugden; Margaret Alexander; Laura Friel; Dorothy MacDonald; Mary Anne Love; Alex Pollock;
2nd Row from Bottom Row L>R: Mary Knox; Moira Dunlop; Roberta Alexander; Margaret Brekliffe; Harriet Marshall;
Miss Lamb; Mary Morris; Elizabeth Smith; Mary McAlpine; Moira McNeil; Elizabeth Anne Haddow;
Bottom Row L>R: Peter Dickson; John Archer; Robbie Baxter; Billy Clark; James Gibson; Jimmy Love; Ian Ford.

from Mary Sutherland nee McAlpine

Armadale Primary School, Grade 4a, 1956



Top Row L>R: Dickie Welsh, John Gilfoyle, Jack Macaualy, Roderick Simpson, Fraser McLaren, David Pow, David Begbie, Tom Allan, Campbell Wason, Tom Christie, Jimmy Haddow

Middle Row L>R: Evelyn Baird, Christine Pope, Diane Hamilton. Anne Rutherford, John Drummond, Billy Anderson, Andrew Sneddon, Andrew Nelson, David Furness, Margaret Brown, Kay Johnstone, Myrtle Ewart

Front Row L>R: Alison Peden, Jane Gibson, Ruby Neally, Jean Simpson, Margaret Easton, Teresa Cordner, Mary Stewart, Rebecca Ross, Elaine Wilson, Margaret Smith, Sandra Fulton.

"I have also managed to remember all of my teachers from Primary 1-7. Some of them were national treasures, including Miss Dean, who retired when we finished Primary 5, and Mrs Watson, who retired several times and was brought back often to cover teacher shortages."

Class Teacher in Primary 1 was Mrs Richardson
Class teacher in Primary 2 was Mrs Watson
Class teacher in Primary 3 was ?? Miss Gall
Class Teacher in Primary 4 was Mrs Legge.
Class teacher in Primary 5 was Miss Dean
Class teacher in Primary 6 was Miss McPhillips
Class teacher in Primary 7 was Miss Prentice
 

Photo from Tom Allan, and information from Alison Hossack nee Peden received May 2012

 

 

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