Royston Primary School opened in Garngad Rd at St Rollox
School in 1857. The original Garngad School was demolished
to make playground space and the present school built further
back. This building opened in 1906. The first St Rollox School
was opened by the Tennant family who owned St Rollox Chemical
Works. This school was opposite the works in Castle St.
(The Cotton Mill, 99 Garngad Rd ran a school for their workers
children: Thomsons School operated in a room at 1 Turner
St. This room later became part of the Commando Bar). My own
cynicism tells me the reason these companies provided schools
near the works was so that the children could work part time
Rosemount Primary School, 221 Millburn St was the first board
school to be opened in the area. The school opened in
1897 and was closed in the late 1980s. Since 1993 it
has been called the Millburn Centre and is run by the Rosemount
St Rochs Primary School, 267 Garngad Rd opened in 1907.
When it s24 classrooms accommodated 1056 children. In August
1996 the roll was 243!
St Rochs Secondary School opened in 1928. It was built
with an E shape to perpetuate the memory of Canon
Lanton. This school is built on the site of the Glasgow Malleable
Iron Works. On March 6th, 1880, the iron works was devastated
when a huge boiler exploded, spewing out steam and debris
over the workers. 17 men were killed and 35 seriously injured.
Garngad School was opened at Provanmill in 1932. This school
stood on Garngad Rd, west of the new motorway. The following
year the school was renamed St Philomenas. After the
present St Philomenas, Primary School was built in Robroyston
Rd, the old building was used as an annexe to St Rochs.
It has since been demolished.
St Gilberts Primary was later opened in Germiston.
Littlehill School, Blackhill operates where St Kenneths
School formerly stood. A number of years ago a determined
sit in by parents opposing a decision by the education authorities
gained a victory for community action. This action, which
had the support of Monseignor Coyle, (St Philomenas) and Reverend
Russell McLarty (St Pauls Church of Scotland), showed
the strong community spirit in the area.
about Provanmill and Blackhill
about Garngad and Royston
about Garngad characters (Mick McLaughlan by Michael Keenan)
about politics in the area
about entertainment in the area
about sports in the area
about churches and religion in the area
the 'Farewell to Garngad'
about a poet from 'Little Ireland'
the conclusion by writer James Friel
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