Edwardian dress was the order of the day for Cockburnspath Primary School pupils celebrating the centenary of the first stone being laid.
The old fashioned hand bell was rung by head teacher David Ward, warning the children to line up in rows of boys and girls ready for the start of lessons – just as their predecessors would have done in 1913.
All pupils and staff went to school in Edwardian dress and the week was filled with exciting lessons, activities and events to help immerse the pupils in old style schooling of 100 years ago.
During the week teachers taught with desks in rows, and lessons included the three Rs, knitting, singing and learning tables by rote.
In the playground pupils played skipping games, hop scotch, marbles, yo-yo, hula hooping and chanted old-fashioned rhymes to clapping games.
A century ago ‘The Berwickshire Advertiser’ reported: “Saturday was a momentous day in the village for in the forenoon Lady Hall was to lay the foundation stone of the new school. The ceremony was simple, brief, and appropriate. The company consisted of the surrounding farmers and their wives, the village tradesmen and workpeople (the picturesque dresses of a number of fishermen lending a quaint air to the scene) and the school children dressed in their best.”
Back to 2013 and on the Tuesday the whole school went to Paxton House and enjoyed a wonderful day in the glorious sunshine playing croquet, picnicking on the lawn and enjoying a tour of the house.
On Wednesday they held an old fashioned sports day: sack races, egg and spoon races, three legged races and of course, the traditional flat races. Then it was off to the local woods on Thursday for nature studies: bug hunting and leaf identification.
At Friday’s assembly former teachers and staff were invited along to join in the singing of old songs such as ‘Daisy Bell and ‘Any Old Iron’.
Pupils presented short drama pieces to give a flavour of school life 100 years ago and invited guests stayed for lunch: mince and tatties with peas and dumplings followed by jam sponge and custard served up by cooks dressed in old clothes.
Gguests were then taken on a tour around the school looking at the display of old photographs and log books, and were served teas and coffees by members of the parent council.
The week was rounded off by a fantastic open day on Sunday run by the parent council. Around 200 guests visited the village hall and the school, pupils and students from past and present enjoying a large display of old photographs and a slide show, created by Aaron Bolton a former pupil of the school.
Celebrations continue throughout the year culminating in 2014 when a re-enactment of the original opening will be carried out and a new school flag unfurled – just as it was 100 years ago.