Centenary Celebration 1972
In June 1972, in common with other schools throughout Scotland, Tealing Primary School celebrated 100 years of compulsory schooling. The teaching team at this time consisted of the Headteacher Mr Sturrock, Mrs Eisler, Miss Fraser and Miss Brown and, with the children, they set about building an exhibition of the school in Victorian times. What started as a school project became a mass village effort as villagers raided their attics for old-time mementoes. Old photographs, paintings, Victorian furniture, clothes, toys, books and knick-knacks were laid out in the school. Miss Fraser dressed up as an old Victorian school ma' am and many of the children wore the long white pinnies, frilled bonnets and black boots of the era. Parents and friends came along to view the exhibition, sat down to coffee and sandwiches and heard a programme of songs from the children, arranged by Mrs Sturrock.
Mr Sturrock composed a special school song for the occasion:
TEALING SCHOOL SONG.
(To the tune Villikins and Dinah. The spirit of William McGonagall lives on!)
All of this was reported in the local newspaper "The People's Journal" on 3 June 1972. A full page of coverage and photographs was included, providing a marvellous record for the school archives. More importantly, it had been tremendous fun for everyone involved.