Cel­e­brat­ing Lochy­side

The Oban Times - - News - KATIE CARABINE kcara­bine@oban­times.co.uk

LOCHY­SIDE RC pri­mary held an open week to mark the clo­sure of the school as staff and pupils pre­pare to move to the new joint cam­pus with Caol Pri­mary and be­come St Columba RC.

There were guided tours of the school from June 20-23, along with tea, cof­fee and home-bak­ing.

The event came to a close on Fri­day June 24 with a spe­cial mass with Bishop McGee and Fr Roddy McAu­ley, and a celidh in the evening.

There were also fur­ther tours on the Fri­day, as well as pho­to­graphic dis­plays and other mem­o­ra­bilia on show.

Dur­ing the ceilidh the pupils and other com­mu­nity mem­bers gave all man­ner of tal­ented tra­di­tional Scot­tish per­for­mances.

There was Gaelic singing by Gra­cie Hen­der­son, Natalie Byrne, Michael O’Meara and Stu­art Petrie, as well as by the school’s Gaelic choir.

Pri­maries five and seven both sang Scot­tish songs, while pri­mary six played a tune on tin whis­tles.

Aine O’Rua played the clarsach and Han­nah Olah played some flute tunes.

An­gus Grant en­ter­tained on the fid­dle and there were also ac­cor­dion per­for­mances, the Lochaber Pipe Band and some High­land Dancing by Jamie-Lee Laverty.

Speak­ing about the week’s events, head teacher Vi­o­let Smith said: ‘ We or­gan­ised the open week to give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to see round the school be­fore it closes and look at mem­o­ra­bilia of our 52 years.

‘It was re­ally suc­cess­ful and lots of peo­ple who came were for­mer pupils, par­ents and staff. Some of our vis­i­tors were here the very first day the school opened.

‘We fin­ished the week with a beau­ti­ful mass on Fri­day morn­ing cel­e­brated by our new Bishop, our parish priest Fa­ther Roddy McAu­ley and our for­mer priest Fa­ther Michael MacDon­ald, and we had a very good turn- out.

‘We then had a ceilidh which was very en­ter­tain­ing, and ev­ery­one who per­formed has or had a con­nec­tion with the school.’

Pho­to­graph: An­thony Macmil­lan Pho­tog­ra­phy

Lochy­side Gaelic Choir, above, con­ducted by Carol Tait, per­form at the ceilidh to mark the end of the open week. Left, head teacher Vi­o­let Smith, sec­ond left, with three for­mer pupils – Mary Cas­sidy, left, Kather­ine Ann Munro, June Camp­bell – look­ing at old school pho­to­graphs at the school’s open week.

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