Stalmine primary school celebrates its 150th anniversary

To mark the occasion, staff and students at Mill Lane School dressed in Victorian costume for a special themed day on Monday, dating back to its earliest times in 1871.

They explored old school diaries, punishment books, black and white photographs, old school finances, and old newspaper articles.

The children also learned that the early Victorian teachers of the Stalmine School were not very complimentary to their students!

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2nd grade students Thomas Armstrong, Edith Wilson and Sofia Liberati at Stalmine Primary celebrate the school’s 150th anniversary in Victorian costume

School principal Hannah Binns said: “Fortunately we are much more positive today and could not be more proud of our students and what they have achieved, especially during these years. last two years.

“The older students looked at newspaper articles from 1869 and 1870 with articles including details of the original meeting that took place at the Pack Horse Inn.

“The pupils discovered that the land on which the school is located was bequeathed by a local man, Mr Dickinson, and that the construction of the school had cost £ 1,000.

“Each class spent the day following a typical Victorian-era schedule, focusing on the 3Rs, alongside exercise and rote learning.”

Students at Stalmine Primary School wore Victorian clothing to celebrate the school’s 150th anniversary

The principal added that Stalmine will continue to organize festive events throughout the year, and the school is asking the community at large for any old photographs it may have to add to its collection.

These can be emailed to [email protected] or added to the ‘150 Years of Stalmine School’ Facebook page.

A vintage sepia toned photo of students from the Stalmine elementary school of yesteryear

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