New £9m pri­mary school opens in North Uist

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW £9 mil­lion pri­mary school opened its doors in the Western Isles last week.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar of­fi­cially opened Sgoil Uib­hist a’ Tuath last Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 16. It is the sev­enth new school to open in the Western isles in the last six years fol­low­ing a £ 60 mil­lion schools pro­ject, the largest cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in the Western Isles.

The coun­cil in­vested £ 6.6 mil­lion in the new cam­pus, with £ 2.2 mil­lion com­ing from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Teach­ers and pupils are ex­pected to move into the new build­ing in time for the start of the school year on Au­gust 15 af­ter con­trac­tors Robert­son Group fin­ished the pro­ject on time and on bud­get.

Rev­erend and Mrs John Smith had the hon­our of open­ing the school, ac­com­pa­nied by per­for­mances from the school choir.

Coun­cil­lor Ca­tri­ona Ste­wart, chair­woman of ed­u­ca­tion and chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: ‘To­day we proudly cel­e­brated the of­fi­cial open­ing of Sgoil Uib­hist a’ Tuath where, for the first time, all chil­dren from all the vil­lages in North Uist will be ed­u­cated to­gether.

‘Sgoil Uib­hist a’ Tuath is the third new pri­mary school the Comhairle has built in Uist in re­cent years. Th­ese schools have been pur­pose-built to de­liver Cur­ricu­lum for Ex­cel­lence with seam­less tran­si­tion from preschool to P1, with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. I wish ev­ery­one at the school well.’

Comhairle Con­vener, coun­cil­lor Nor­man A Mac­Don­ald, said: ‘There have been many im­prove­ments to our schools in the Western Isles over the last few years, not least the Western Isles Schools Pro­ject and here to­day we see the open­ing of the sev­enth new school in the past six years. Our new schools will usher in a new era of ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, in build­ings that are the equal of any in Scot­land.’

Rev­erend and Mrs Smith pre­sented with gifts by pri­mary seven pupils Lucy MacAskill and Fin­bar Rodger.

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