AS St Teresa’s Primary School prepares to mark its centenary year, the Glen Road school is calling on the community and past pupils to take part in the celebrations.

Nuala back behind her old desk ahead of school centenary

By Francesca Ryan

AS St Teresa’s Primary School prepares to mark its centenary year, the Glen Road school is calling on the community and past pupils to take part in the celebrations.

The school opened in 1911 and next month, on November 8, they are throwing open the doors, inviting people to visit the school and see the fine work being done there.

As part of the preparations for that event, the school is asking past pupils to look in their attics and cupboards to dig out any memorabilia they may have from their school days. This might include photographs, project work – indeed, any items connected to the school.

Top comedian Nuala McKeever, a past pupil, visited the school for a look around her old classroom.

“I was delighted to go back to St Teresa’s,” said Nuala.  “I have very happy memories from those school days and last week felt like I had rewound my life by a few decades!

“The principal dug out my old school roll book and as I went through the names the memories came flooding back. I will be hunting around now for old photographs and I think I even have some art work that I can lend to the school for the open day – though I am not sure it is up to exhibition standard. I wish them well as they celebrate 100 years.”

Principal Catherine Molloy urged as many people as possible to get involved and visit the school on the open day on November 9.

“The school is an integral part of the Glen Road and West Belfast community,” she said.  “We are proud to have reached this centenary milestone and thankfully the school is as strong now as it ever was.

“Past pupils definitely get a kick out of revisiting the old building and their old classrooms so I hope that many of them come along and join us in November.”

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