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Published 27 September 2019

A special mass will be held to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Saint Michael’s Primary School.

Saint Michael’s Parish will host the mass to mark the beginning of a year-long celebration of 50 years of the Dumbarton School.   Archbishop Tartaglia will celebrate Mass at Saint Michael’s Church, at 10am on Tuesday 1 October.

As well as the current pupils and staff of the school, former Head teachers, pupils,  members of staff, Parish Priests, parishioners  and  representatives from West Dunbartonshire Council will gather together to celebrate 50 years since  the opening of the school on 25th August, 1969.

Following the move of Notre Dame High School, Clerkhill to the new building on the opposite side of Cardross Road, children from   Notre Dame and Saint Patrick’s Primary Schools   moved into the former secondary campus and took on the name of the parish of Saint Michael’s.    On that day, there was a school roll of 722, made up of 16 classes and with a staffing complement of 19 teachers.

The school’s first Head Techer, Sister Mary John, is fondly remembered when pupils take part in the school’s annual football tournament – ‘The Sister Mary John Cup’.

There have been many memorable moments in the life of the school since 1969, especially on 18th February, 1998 when the children, staff and parents were led in procession along Cardross Road to their new school building on the site of the former Saint Patrick’s boys’ secondary.

Head Teacher, Jennifer Mulvenna, said:  “It is a real privilege to be head teacher during this very special year for the school.    Saint Michael’s has a long and proud history in Dumbarton of serving local families and the children are a credit to the school. I would like to thank the staff and whole school community for their continued support.”

Karen Conaghan, Convener of Education, said: “Saint Michael’s is a very popular school and I am pleased to see the school reach this wonderful milestone.    It will also be great to meet so many people past and present and hear the personal stories and memories from former staff, teachers and pupils. The celebration of mass to commemorate the occasion will be a lovely way to mark this significant anniversary.”

Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Education, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to come together and share their memories of the school.  The school has touched the hearts of thousands of children over the last five decades and it’s great we can celebrate this anniversary with the community.”