Cel­e­bra­tions mark of­fi­cial open­ing of Caol cam­pus

The Oban Times - - News -

CEL­E­BRA­TIONS were held in Lochaber last Fri­day as Caol Joint Cam­pus was of­fi­cially opened.

Se­nior pupils gave in­vited guests tours of the cam­pus com­pris­ing Caol Pri­mary School, St Columba’s Pri­mary School and Caol Com­mu­nity Cen­tre be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Bishop Brian McGee, Bishop of Ar­gyll and the Isles, and Dun­can Shearer, former pupil of Caol Pri­mary School and former pro­fes­sional foot­baller, un­veiled a com­mem­o­ra­tive open­ing plaque.

Bishop McGee said: ‘I wish to con­grat­u­late staff and pupils of St Columba’s RC Pri­mary School on their new joint school cam­pus. This is not the first St Columba’s Pri­mary School in Lochaber. The orig­i­nal St Columba’s pri­mary was opened at Lochy­side in 1964, so it is fit­ting the new school has the same name. My wish is St Columba’s Pri­mary School in Caol will con­tinue to be a strong com­mu­nity of faith and learn­ing where all chil­dren and staff can live their lives to the full and bring light to the wider com­mu­nity.’

Dun­can said it was an hon­our to par­tic­i­pate in the open­ing cer­e­mony as the school played a ‘ big part’ in his jour­ney to be­come a foot­baller.

‘I was born less than 100 yards from the school and con­sider it a priv­i­lege to be asked to open the new Caol Pri­mary School,’ he said.

The cur­rent pupil roll at St Columba’s is 100 pri­mary and 11 nurs­ery pupils, while at Caol 234 pri­mary and 71 nurs­ery pupils are en­rolled.

Vi­o­let Smith, head teacher at St Columba’s RC Pri­mary School, said the new joint cam­pus pro­vided ‘a very bright, vi­brant learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for pupils and staff’.

Caol Pri­mary School head teacher Steven Hamil­ton said: ‘ We love the fact we have a shared cam­pus with friends and col­leagues who are able to work and share to­gether.’ Don­nie Cor­bett, chair­man of Caol Re­gen­er­a­tion Com­pany, opened the new com­mu­nity cen­tre which in­cludes a youth cen­tre and cafe and the Room 13 art stu­dio. The space is open to a va­ri­ety of Lochaber-based groups.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy. F26 caol cam­pus 01 JP

Bishop McGee, left, un­veils the Caol and St Columba’s plaque with Dun­can Shearer at the new joint cam­pus.

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