Days gone by at Calder Primary

calder primary old picture
calder primary old picture

THE decision by North Lanarkshire Council to close Calder Primary School this summer has prompted one reader to look back on his days at the school in the 1930s.

Andrew Mowatt has submitted a photograph to us of pupils at the school which was taken in the early summer of 1931.

Andrew, pictured seated in the front row, extreme right, said: “In those far-off days there were two intakes per year, in January and August, and I was part of the January intake.

“While there are only 42 pupils in the photo, there were 46 in total in the class, which was quite a usual number to be taught by one teacher.

“At that time, the school was called Calder Public School and we were labelled, not Primary One, but ‘First Baby!’

“In those days there was a great deal of poverty in Motherwell, and, unfortunately, tuberculosis was a killer disease, with some pupils in the photo not even surviving their primary school years.

“Almost 82 years having elapsed since the photograph was taken, very few are likely to be still alive.

“Finally, viewing the backgound behind our class, the tree is obviously young, while the council houses were not yet built in the grassy area over the wall.”