Doors open at new OLSP High

Lennox Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Jenny Foulds

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

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