Desertmartin Primary School marks its 125th milestone

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FORMER pupils of Desertmartin Primary School and their families are invited to an informal, fun evening in the Bridewell, Magherafelt, on Friday (November 22)

In December, the school, in its present location, will have been serving the families in the village and surrounding area for over a century.

And this special celebratory event will bring together past and present pupils, giving them a chance to meet old pals and reminisce over the good old days.

Earlier this year, the school secured a National Lottery Grant in conjunction with Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013, which was used by the children to complete a project to mark this landmark year.

The project involved the making of a short film ‘The School I Love So Well’, which depicts how the school has changed over 125 years. It also gave them a chance to create a display of memorabilia that conveys life and times during the building’s existence.

A media expert provided and taught the children how to use filming equipment, during the making of the film.

And with his guidance, the children scripted and shot all the scenes in the film which is approximately 20 minutes long.

The school extends its thanks to the Ulster Scots Community Network for their help with this project, and also to Mrs Dorothy Fleming and Mrs Deirdre Speer-Whyte for their time and effort in displaying the memorabilia.

To help with catering arrangements, those who wish to attend the event on Friday night should contact the school on 028 7963 4131.

DVDs of the ‘The School I Love So Well’ are available for purchase.