Long Tower Primary School - still outstanding after 100 years

One of the former classes at Long Tower P.s.

One of the former classes at Long Tower P.s.

One of Derry’s oldest primary schools will celebrate its centenary later this month.

Long Tower P.S. will celebrate its 100th birthday on May 29 and principal Joyce Logue says that the celebrations couldn’t be more timely after the school was marked outstanding in four areas in a recent inspection by the Department of Education.

Set in historic Bishop Street, Long Tower P..S has seen thousands of pupils pass through its doors in the past 100 years,

Generations of families have been educated at the school and Long Tower Primary School continues to go from strength to strength.

“It’s been 100 years since the Boys School opened,” said principal Joyce Logue. “But of course the girls school has been open longer than that.

“There will be two weeks of celebrations at the school. On May 29 we will have our birthday celebrations. There will be Mass at the Long Tower at 3.15 p.m. with all the children singing. Then we will have more events back at the school. Two days later our pupils will be making their first Holy Communion.

“And on June 9 we will be celebrating the opening of Aras Colmcille. It is just a fantastic time for this community.”

The school wants as many past pupils as possible to return to the school on May 29 when they have pictures and old memorabilia on display. There will also be an audio visual display of rare footage taken back in the early days of the school.

“Our pupils have been very involved in the celebrations,” said Joyce. “Our primary seven pupils went to the Central Library to do some research. They have been looking back at the history of the Long Tower.

“Other classes have been comparing life in the classroom then with life in the classroom now.

“We want as many former pupils as possible to come along on the day and share their memories. If you know anyone who came here, spread the word.”

If you have any memorabilia or pictures you would like to share on the day please contact the school on 0287126148


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