Schools mark new £11.5m cam­pus merger

Halfmerke and West Mains un­der one roof

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

Two East Kil­bride schools cel­e­brated be­ing un­der one roof with an of­fi­cial open­ing party at their spec­tac­u­lar new-look £11.5 mil­lion cam­pus.

Halfmerke and West Mains pri­maries marked the mo­men­tous merger by wel­com­ing in­vited guests for a day full of fes­tiv­i­ties.

And East Kil­bride Cen­tral North coun­cil­lor Hugh Macdon­ald ac­knowl­edged: “This is a very spe­cial day for all pupils here.”

Kids sang Scot­tish songs and per­formed a range of cir­cus skills as guests ar­rived be­fore Halfmerke head teacher Karen Dou­glas and Chris­tine Shaw, act­ing head of West Mains, started pro­ceed­ings.

Pupil hosts Ay­din Sahin-Gem­mell, Abi McMil­lan and Mur­phy Woods then took over the man­tle and the au­di­ence was treated to the ‘world pre­miere’ of a movie writ­ten, di­rected and filmed by pri­mary seven pupils and star­ring se­nior stu­dents from both schools.

A joint West Mains and Halfmerke choir then sang a rous­ing ren­di­tion of the clas­sic ‘Jeely Piece’ song.

Learn­ers from both schools then shared with the au­di­ence their dreams and as­pi­ra­tions for the fu­ture – and de­tailed how the schools equip them with the skills nec­es­sary to suc­ceed.

West Mains school’s African Drum­ming Group in­tro­duced Room 4 pupils who per­formed a street dance, chore­ographed and taught by a P4 young­ster.

A joint co­hort from both schools then took to the stage to share some ex­plo­sive facts about their in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary learn­ing topic on Our Dy­namic Earth.

To round off this part of the cel­e­bra­tions, pri­maries one and two en­ter­tained with a com­i­cal cir­cus song about clowns.

Coun­cil­lor Macdon­ald then car­ried out the of­fi­cial busi­ness of un­veil­ing the school plaques.

“I must say that the en­ter­tain­ment by the pupils was ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent,” he said.

“This is a very spe­cial day for all pupils here. They will go down in his­tory for be­ing the first pupils taught in this ground­break­ing cam­pus that truly demon­strates part­ner­ship work­ing at its best.

“It’s ev­i­dent from the minute you walk through the doors that although there are two schools here they are both learn­ing to­gether to achieve.

“This im­pres­sive £11.5m build­ing gives all pupils the very best learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment which cel­e­brates di­ver­sity. The schools have in­clu­sive, joint ac­tiv­i­ties, in­te­grated lunchtimes and men­tor­ing and bud­dy­ing are en­cour­aged to build con­fi­dence in all pupils.

“Well done to all in­volved in the de­sign and build of this build­ing and to all the staff who work daily to en­sure all pupils be­come the best they can be.”

Coun­cil­lor Macdon­ald un­veiled the plaque for Halfmerke Pri­mary with as­sis­tance from pupils Christo­pher Tip­ping, Luke Tip­ping and Mack­ela Wil­son.

Jamie Reid and Trudy Som­merville as­sisted him with the un­veil­ing of West Mains Pri­mary’s plaque.

The af­ter­noon ended with all pupils singing about their school.

Both head teach­ers said they were ex­tremely proud of all the pupils who ‘ex­celled in show­cas­ing learn­ing to­gether’ on the day.

Proud mo­ment Kids from Halfmerke and West Mains pri­mary schools joined forces for their build­ing’s of­fi­cial open­ing

Plenty to smile about Coun­cil­lor Hugh Macdon­ald un­veilved the plaques for both schools at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the £11.5m fa­cil­ity

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