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Murrayburn Primary School from 1939-1957 Part Two

1948

The “House” System in the 1950s and 1960s.

This was introduced in the early 1950s to encourage competition among the pupils.

The “Houses” were named after local hill ranges and given “Colours” with each pupil getting a little round tin lapel badge with their “House” colour.
The names chosen were Pentland-Green, Eildon-Red, Lomond-Blue and the not very local Sidlaw-Yellow.
(I was in Sidlaw, probably the house least likely to win anything.)

Placement was random, except if you were a sibling, when you were put into the same House as your brother or sister.

There were Class awards such as a flag outside the Classroom for perfect attendance as well as individual ribbons. Getting out at 3pm was the reward for a Class going without absences for a week.

House flags were run up a Flagpole, situated between the gates at the front of the School,during Competitions, denoting which House was winning.
The Annual House Shield was won every year from its inception by Eildon until in 1960 when it was awarded to Pentland
The system was abandoned years later but has been reintroduced and is in operation again.

Thanks to Bill Lamb and others for these memories.

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