Wednesday November 23rd 2016
Mr Swinney unveils the plaque at Bilston Primary school with head teacher Sheryl Wallace and two pupils
Written by Phil Bowen, editor
Midlothian’s newest schools, Bilston Primary school and Gore Glen Primary school, were officially opened today by Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney.
Both schools guided Mr Swinney around their respective buildings, entertained him with song and told him why they liked their new schools so much.
Then Mr Swinney officially opened both by unveiling plaques to mark the occasion.
Speaking at the opening ceremony at Bilston Primary school, Kenneth Lawrie, Chief Executive of Midlothian Council, said:
“It is exciting to be opening two new schools today. Midlothian is Scotland’s fastest growing area and we have an aspiration to have a world class capacity in education so that our children, regardless of background, can compete in the global knowledge economy.”
Mr Swinney said:
“It is great to see the vision of the investment in Midlothian education. The quality of the facility is tremendous and it is fascinating to see the schools in the heart of the community.
“I have the most exciting job I could ever have, which is to make sure we do something important and give our young people the ability to thrive with the best education opportunity they could ever have.”
Bilston Primary head teacher, Sheryl Wallace, said:
“We are here to educate our children so that we can say ‘You can be whatever you want to be’”
Pauline Marr, Gore Glen Primary school head teacher said:
“We want our children to soar beyond their potential so that only the sky is the limit.”
Building and civil enginnering firm, Mclaughlin and Harvey, who were involved in the building of Bilston Primary school presented the school with a cheque for school funds.
At Gore Glen, the school’s builders Morrisons presented the head teacher with a cheque which will go towards school sports.
Building and civil engineering firm Mclaughlin and Harvey present the school with a cheque for school funds.
Beeslack High school band entertain at Bilston Primary school
Christine Grahame MSP for Mildothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, with Myra (left) and Emma (right)
Mr Swinney officaly opens Gore Glen Primary school with head teacher Pauline Marr
Mr Swinney enjoying the fantastic views from the school, and he was particularly taken with their log seats!Tweet Share on Facebook