PUPILS’ GRAND DESIGN REVEAL
Doors open at new OLSP High
The doors have opened at t he state - of- the- art £ 25million Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School for the first time.
And t his week, t he L ennox Herald was given an exclusive tour of the longawaited Bellsmyre school, alongside West Dunbartonshire Council chiefs.
Opening to 950 pupils on Wednesday l ast week, t he brand new building on Howatshaws Road is one of only three like it in Scotland.
Centred around a large, bright multi-use atrium, with classrooms to the sides and an oratory at its heart, the multi-million pound school is creating a buzz amongst staff and pupils.
Three days into its opening, headteacher Christopher Smith said: “When the doors opened l ast week, staff said they were blown away by it and it is easy to see why.
“There’s only three schools l i ke this in Scotland. It was based on a principal design but we were able to influence how we wanted it so it is bespoke to the needs of staff and pupils.
“For example, the oratory is a unique feature to OLSP, which has some personal t ouches, i ncl udi ng s i x s t a i ned g l a s s windows, which were designed by pupils.
“A large crucifix which takes pride of place on the wall came from the papal mass when Pope Benedict XVI came to Scotland recently.”
The new school is based on the design of Eastwood High in East Renfrewshire and Lasswade High School in Midlothian.
It features an ICT suite, construction skills area and hospitality kitchen, as well as outdoor teaching spaces and an allotment garden.
Oratory The small chapel is at the heart of the new building