July marks the end of education at Park Road and as part of their work on event planning, nine Year 13 students at St. Ninian’s High School decided to say goodbye to the old building by organising a ‘Farewell Park Road’ event. The event was attended by 140 ex-Park Road pupils and included an assembly with talks from Peter Kelly, Brian King and Dot Tilbury, as well as a rendition of the old-school song. Those who attended were then able to participate in lessons, visit displays of old school memorabilia and enjoy an old-style school dinner.
On Tuesday 22nd May, Year 13 Applied Business students presented a cheque to the Community Council for the amount raised.
Event Co-ordinator Lauren said,
“In my opinion the event could not have been more of a success with £770.97 raised for the SNHS Community Council. It was a great send off for Park Road which left ex-students and teachers with huge smiles on their faces as they walked out of the school’s doors for the final time! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, both the guests and the members of our group who organised the event. We were so pleased to have such enthusiastic and grateful people attend and we received excellent feedback after the Farewell Day.
Personally, I feel that this event gave all members of our Applied Business group the opportunity to learn new skills, including team work, people skills and communication, which will benefit us all as we go off out to the wider world of university and work this September. I think it is fair to say that the event would not have been so successful if it was not for the help and support from our teachers and for that we are very thankful.”
Business Studies teacher Mr. Edwards commented,
“The group deserve great credit for managing to put together such an excellent event. It is testament to their hard work and team work skills that they have raised such an excellent amount of money for the Community Council. The student organisers had many fond memories of their time at Park Road and this was a fitting way for them to say goodbye to their old school.”
There will also be a series of follow-up events for those who missed this event. Over three Friday evenings in June (15th, 22nd and 29th), from 7pm, there will be tours of the old building. This could be the last chance for former students or neighbours to say farewell to a building that has meant so much in the early years of many lives. If you are interested in attending one of the tours please ring 648800 to book or call in at one of the school offices to collect and pay for your ticket. They should be interesting evenings together with the chance to share memories of school days from the past.
Below are photos from the Applied Business event and of the cheque presentation to the SNHS Community Council.