Coltness Primary School
Coltness Primary School - My First School
It was in August 1974 that I started at Coltness Primary School. It is incredible to think that forty years have now passed since that scarcely remembered Summer's day. Although I have changed a lot in the interim, I was pleased to discover on my return to Wishaw in 2009 that the school itself had changed less; but equally saddened to hear that Coltness Primary School - at least in its structural form - would soon be no more.
Coltness Primary School has been demolished and a new school (Calderbridge Primary) has been built, in which were amalgamated the pupils of Coltness Primary School and Lammermoor Primary School. Coltness Primary School thus closed its doors for good at Easter 2010.
This website is dedicated to Coltness Primary School and its former staff and pupils. I very much hope that it evokes some good memories.
Coltness Primary School Being Demolished - 28/8/2010
Arriving at Coltness Primary School
The first sight to greet most visitors will be the Main Entrance Hall
It is a sad reflection of these times in which we live that the Main Entrance to Coltness Primary School is now protected by a buzzer entry system. When admitted in this fashion, the hall pictured below will be the first sight which visitors to the school will see. From here, one can take the stairs up to among other things the Staff Room, turn left for the Main Hall and Dining Room, or right for Headmistress Miss Fraser's office and the corridor leading to the main body of the school.
The office of school janitor, Douglas Ballantyne, who has served the school in this capacity for fourteen years, can also be found off a corner of the Main Entrance Hall.
Coltness Primary School - The Main Entrance Hall
The Gym Hall and Dining Room
Memories galore for me
The multi-purpose hall at Coltness Primary School holds a great many memories for me, through a wide range of different activities, ranging from school dinners, to, "Gym time," as I believe we called it, to participating in school shows. I would like to thank the young netballers and their coach who made way for me to take the photographs of the hall.
I was by no means a regular for school dinners at Coltness Primary School. I believe I, "Indulged," perhaps no more than a dozen times in my seven years at the school. I tended to go home for lunch or bring a pre-packed lunch with me in the morning.
I do not have very clear memories of what was served during the dinners that I did have at Coltness Primary but I seem to remember steamed cabbage and definitely remember the watery custard! I am sure that in these Jamie Oliver times, the menu has changed considerably.
I have very vivid memories of the stage at Coltness Primary. I remember performing on it in shows, attending Prize Giving ceremonies which were held upon it and even operating the stage curtains as shows were in progress. I seem also to recall attending an event at one stage where a panel of prominent footballers and others associated with the game held a question and answer session for Coltness Primary pupils and their parents, though I don't recall who attended or what year that would have been.
The GP Room
I think it stood for, "General purpose."
I was surprised when I entered what I had known as the GP Room at Coltness Primary. The room is located in the infant section of the school and in my time at the school was a fairly bare room with a polished wooden floor where we would often watch educational TV programmes designed for schools. The carpeted GP Room of the modern era, however, is a much brighter and more attractive affair.
Coltness Primary School's Classrooms
Utilised for a variety of different purposes in modern times
I was surprised to learn from Cotlness Primary School Headmistress, Miss Fraser, that there are presently only eight classes at the school. If I remember correctly, there were fourteen or fifteen in my day. This has meant that a lot of the classrooms are now used for different purposes and that Classrooms 1 and 2 are now devoted to a separate nursery school.
The classrooms in the main wing of the school are in part devoted to such as a Music Room, an Art and TV Room - and something which could never have been conceived of when I was at Coltness Primary: a Computer Room!
Coltness Primary School's Staff Room
Not somewhere I frequented as a pupil
The Staff Room at Coltness Primary is of course where the teachers escape for some peace and quiet. It is not somewhere I of course had access to during my time at Coltness Primary but I do vaguely recall having been in it at some unknown point in the past. I believe it may once have been used as a changing room for a school show. It was nice to go there during my recent visit to the school and chat with some of the present teachers - one of whom had not even been born when I attended the school!
Coltness Primary School's Replacement Under Construction - 4/3/2011
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