New Berwickshire High School
It was a special day for Duns on Friday 19 June as The Berwickshire High
School was officially opened by Major General Sir John Swinton, the
former Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire.
The formal opening ceremony followed tours of the new school for special
invited guests. The school's Senior String Quartet greeted special
guests into the bright and spacious assembly hall where Executive Member
for Education, Councillor Catriona Bhatia, welcomed everyone to the
official opening ceremony: "Before coming here today I asked Mr Kelly
whether the school had a motto, and he advised me that it was the words
made famous by Scott of the Antarctic - To Strive, To Seek, To Find and
not to Yield. That is a very fine basis for personal endeavour but it
struck me that it also is very appropriate to describe the determination
it takes to deliver a school building project.
"This was a huge investment by the Council, and I think we will all
agree that is money well spent. The investment is not just in education
- the teaching and learning of pupils, but also in the local community
by providing first class facilities which can be used by all. It is also
an investment in the local economy by ensuring that children and young
people in Duns and Mid Berwickshire can gain the skills and knowledge
they need to make their contribution. And although the building is
occupied and fulfilling all of these remits, above all what we are
celebrating today is an investment in the future.
"We want generations of children to benefit from these fantastic
facilities and inspiring environment because they will face challenges
locally, nationally and globally that will be more complex than we can
fully comprehend. Scottish Borders Council wants the children and young
people who attend The Berwickshire High to strive, to seek and to find
their own potential and be confident individuals as they move out into
an exciting and uncertain world."
Headteacher Rob Kelly expressed his delight at the new building and the
affect it has had on pupils, staff and the local community: "The
building is an absolute joy to work in - bright, airy, spacious, and
thoroughly modern. The facilities are quite simply superb, wherever you
look, wherever you go. This is exactly the kind of iconic building we
wanted and the people of Berwickshire can be justifiably proud of it.
Future generations of Berwickshire's young people will continue to
benefit from this marvellous facility, such is its quality, and I was
reminded of this longer term perspective during the recent visit of our
Primary seven pupils who will be joining us in August.
"Well done to the
architects, engineers and builders and to all those who put together
this superb school. Also, well done to SBC for the vision and
determination to embrace the PPP principle to ensure the creation of not
just one but three state-of-the-art secondary schools."
All the new schools in the Scottish Borders are the most environmentally advanced in the UK.
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