The official opening of Campbeltown’s new £26 million secondary school took place yesterday (Tuesday).
Although pupils and staff moved into their new school last year, the old school building still had to be demolished to create a large car park, brand new 3G pitch and a sensory garden, complete with raised beds for pupils to cultivate.
With all works now complete, invited guests went along to the new school for the official opening ceremony and to get a tour of the state of the art facility from pupils.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “This is a very historic occasion for the people of South Kintyre and I am truly honoured to be a part of it. I was blown away and the musical talent of the pupils was superb.
“We want the very best start for our children and young people, and we want Argyll and Bute to be the best place for them to grow up. We want families to remain in this area, and be attracted to live here.
“New state of the art facilities such as this will help us to achieve that, benefitting pupils for many years to come and enabling them to achieve their full potential.
“It is clear from the demonstrations we have seen that we have very talented young people in our schools and I would like to wish them all the very best in their learning journey in this wonderful new school.”
Head Teacher at Campbeltown Grammar, David Fyfe, said: "Our aim at Campbeltown Grammar School is to provide the best possible qualifications for all our pupils, whilst developing their social, emotional and vocational skills and talents.
“Our new school, provides a warm, welcoming and exciting space which encourages and inspires our young people to learn and reach their full potential.
Andrew Jack, Pre-construction Director for Morrison Construction, added: “It was great to be at Campbeltown Grammar School and hear how pupils and staff have been enjoying the new facilities since moving in during February last year.
“We are delighted to have been part of the delivery of this modern learning campus that will be at the heart of the Kintyre community for years to come.
"Through the construction project, we made a significant and sustainable contribution to the local economy, engaging with the local supply chain and providing numerous local employment and apprenticeship opportunities. We wish everyone at Campbeltown Grammar School well for the future.”
Michael Padzinski, Chief Executive of hub North Scotland Ltd agreed: “The positive collaboration by everyone involved in the Campbeltown Grammar School project has not only delivered an inspiring building for the pupils and staff, but has also provided a 21st century facility which the whole community can enjoy.”