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PICTURES: An Inverness primary school celebrated its 50th anniversary last week and found its missing time capsule


By Rachel Smart


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Pupils and staff at Drakies Primary School enjoyed a jam-packed schedule last week as it celebrated a major milestone.

The school marked its 50th anniversary with a variety of fun events offering the chance for the whole school community to get involved.

(left to right) Jamie Nicholson, Archie Turner, Drever Mitchell, Josh Allan, Samuel Kramar, Rory Gallie, Mollie Lockhart and Sophie Blair. Picture: Callum Mackay..
(left to right) Jamie Nicholson, Archie Turner, Drever Mitchell, Josh Allan, Samuel Kramar, Rory Gallie, Mollie Lockhart and Sophie Blair. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Drakies Primary 50th anniversary sports event: Archie McFarlane. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Drakies Primary 50th anniversary sports event: Archie McFarlane. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Drakies Primary 50th anniversary sports event: Orla Finlay. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Drakies Primary 50th anniversary sports event: Orla Finlay. Picture: James Mackenzie.

A sports day and a Highland games were among the fun, along with a community fair held on Saturday.

Pupils and staff were also led on a bit of a mystery as they tried to locate a time capsule that had been previously buried in the school grounds to mark its 25th anniversary.

Thankfully, with a little help from former staff, pupils and parents it was successfully found and unearthed.

A new time capsule was buried last Friday.

Oscar McKinney getting soaked in the stocks. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Oscar McKinney getting soaked in the stocks. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Evan Macdonald on the dualling platform. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Evan Macdonald on the dualling platform. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Pupils watch the missing time capsule being unearthed.
Pupils watch the missing time capsule being unearthed.
Parent Iain Cowie helped to find the missing time capsule that was buried 25 years ago.
Parent Iain Cowie helped to find the missing time capsule that was buried 25 years ago.

The week of activities was arranged by class teacher Jacqui Barclay, who was delighted with how well it had gone.

“It’s been such a wonderful week of celebration and the kids and staff have all had a fantastic time, she said.

“It’s been really special and hopefully these are memories that the kids will remember when they’re older.”

Drakies Primary 50th anniversary sports event: Marcel Baranowski, Calum Miller and Marcin Stewart. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Drakies Primary 50th anniversary sports event: Marcel Baranowski, Calum Miller and Marcin Stewart. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Parent Iain Cowie helped to find the missing time capsule that was buried 25 years ago.
Parent Iain Cowie helped to find the missing time capsule that was buried 25 years ago.
Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.
Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.
Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.
Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.
Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.
Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.
Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.
Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.

Headteacher Scott Campbell said: “It has been so nice to see all the community come together – ex-staff, ex-pupils and parents – to mark the occasion.

“And a massive thank you to Jacqui for all the hard work that she put in to organise the special week.”

School pupils also gathered for a photograph taken by a drone courtesy of Steve Campbell, of Somewhere Sky Photography, to capture the special occasion.

Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.
Pupils celebrate Drakies 50th anniversary.

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