Book keeps Deeside school memory alive

Drumoak School.
Drumoak School.

The history of Deeside’s Drumoak School, which will close this year, is to be preserved on paper with the help of staff, pupils and alumni.

Nostalgic photographs, documents and memories of the Victorian primary school are being sought for a book which will document the experiences of teachers, children and parents who have passed through its doors.

Head teacher Paul Wilson came up with the idea as a way to ensure the original building’s history was not forgotten.

Mr Wilson said: “I didn’t want to let the idea of the old building and it’s former pupils be forgotten. It was an idea that I thought would be a celebration of the old building and also of the new one.

“The book is at embryo stage and we are looking for pictures, memories and documents that really tell people “when I was a pupil at Drumoak School...””

The school, which has been situated in Drumoak’s Sunnyside Drive since it was built in the 1800s, will close later this year when the construction of the replacement, located on the other side of the village church, is completed.

The new building is energy-efficient and will have space for 145 pupils, with 30 spaces available in a pre-school nursery.

Mr Wilson hopes to gather black and white images from as far back in the school’s history as possible.

He said: “It’s really just finding out if people are interested in helping out with the book.

“We are hoping for a positive response and we have already had quite a bit of initial interest.”

Current pupils at Drumoak will also be able to participate in the design of the book by submitting their own drawings.

A meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 20, at 7pm in the school hall to discuss the memories project.

All those interested in submitting documents and memories or in helping with the nostalgic project are invited to attend.