CARDINAL Keith O’Brien, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, was in Peebles yesterday for the official opening of the recently relocated Halyrude PS.
His Eminence unveiled a plaque and blessed a central open space – the St Joseph’s Centre – within the 84-pupil school.
The £2.1million refurbishment of the former non-denominational Kingsland Primary (now relocated at Neidpath Grazings) has transformed the Grade B-listed building in Rosetta Road into a modern, flexible facility.
The new Haylrude boasts six classrooms, general purpose/learning support rooms, new heating and electrical systems, double glazing and disabled access. It also has provision to offer support for children with additional needs.
Councillor George Turnbull, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for education, watched by staff, pupils, parents and special guests, unveiled a commemorative plaque to declare the school open.
The ceremony also saw P6 pupils Alexander Brophy and Liam Morrison, along with Sophie Ward-Murray from P5 and Callum Thornley from P4, sharing their feelings about their move to the refurbished building.
Mr Turnbull told the gathering: “This new school for Halyrude is going to be much more than simply a building. It already holds a lot of memories for many thousands of people who have been educated here over the years – and as we move forward into a new era, I am sure many more memories will be made among these young people and for many more youngsters in the future.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project – the children, staff, parents, parent council, local community and local elected members. A special thanks also must go to the contractors, McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd and SBC’s architects and design team.”
Interim head teacher Kate Brown added: “All of our children are very excited about their new school and particularly enjoy the space they have to embrace fully all the learning activities.”