The first school was in Saleen vilage. It was where Saleen Church is standing at present. It was a two-storey, two teacher school. Senior classes were taught downstairs and upstairs junior clases were taught.
Upstairs was accessed via a narrow passage with an outdoor set of steep and dangerous steps. The rooms had a series of small low windows and were dimly lit. Each room had a fireplace which provided heat for the long room and heated the semi-cirular row of milk bottles brought for lunch by the pupils.
Rural electrification had not reached Saleen, so candlelight and paraffin oil lamps were used. Pupils had to walk three or four miles each day to and from school, sometimes in appaling weather conditions.