New head teacher is ap­pointed at New­ton

New pri­mary era starts

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A head teacher has been ap­pointed to the new pri­mary school in New­ton as en­rol­ment gets un­der­way for its first pupils.

Mrs Cather­ine Meechan will head up the school and as­so­ci­ated nurs­ery when it opens in Au­gust this year.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil an­nounced the ap­point­ment this month whilst re­as­sur­ing par­ents the build­ing of the school was pro­gress­ing as planned.

Head of ed­u­ca­tion at the coun­cil Des Dick­son said: “We have ap­pointed Mrs Cather­ine Meechan as the head teacher of the school, and she is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with par­ents and mem­bers of the community to choose its name.

“En­rol­ment for chil­dren who are due to start in Au­gust has al­ready be­gun. We are in the process of devel­op­ing a web page for the new school to in­form and up­date par­ents and the community.”

Par­ents of all school aged chil­dren within the New­ton catch­ment area will re­ceive a let­ter in the com­ing weeks invit­ing them to a meet­ing about the school on Fe­bru­ary 2, 2017.

Held be­tween 6pm and 7.30pm at St Charles Pri­mary School, the meet­ing will give peo­ple the chance to meet Mrs Meechan who will work wth par­ents on as­pects of the in­ter­nal de­sign of the new school, the name of the new school, es­tab­lish­ing an in­terim parent coun­cil and en­gag­ing with par­ents on the school uni­form.

She will also over­see the re­cruit­ment of staff, as well as planning the learn­ing, teach­ing and re­source needs plus a whole host of other is­sues that will emerge in the com­ing months.

The new school has 14 main­stream classes, four ad­di­tional sup­port needs classes, a nurs­ery and ad­join­ing community hall with a 3G pitch.

En­rol­ment for the New­ton school is tak­ing place at Westburn Pri­mary and ap­pli­ca­tions for the New­ton nurs­ery class should also be made there. The clos­ing date for new ap­pli­ca­tions is April 30, 2017. Con­tact early years on 0303 123 1023 or email ear­lyyears@ south­la­nark­shire.gov.uk.

New start Cather­ine Meechan is pic­tured on the right at her cur­rent school, High Blan­tyre

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