Published Friday, 16 December 2016
A celebration has taken place to mark the official opening of the £7million St Mark’s Primary School in Hamilton.
Friends of the school community, local dignitaries, staff past and present and pupils gathered together to mark this momentous occasion.
A piper set the scene as guests arrived to the festively decorated school. Pupil art work outside displayed the many experiences the pupils valued in their school career.
Senior pupils performed a play that they had written themselves, which looked back at a number of historic events that had happened through the ages on the date of the official opening - December 1st.
The witty and informative drama production was written by Evie Seenan, Orla Halligan and Josh Kenna and was wonderfully introduced by Head Girl Orla Halligan.
The drama was interspersed by a variety of illustrative upbeat songs which the whole school joined in with and the pupils certainly were in fine voice.
They belted out ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen, the Daily Mile Song adapted from the Proclaimers’ ‘500 miles’, Lebbe Safre’s ‘Something Inside So Strong’, ‘Nothing’s Going Stop Us Now’ by Starship and they had the audience on their feet when they sang the uplifting ‘Take On The World’ from Girl Meets World.
The pupils also sang an adapted version of the Proclaimers’ ‘Oh Jean’ in honour of Councillor Jean McKeown.
The pupils showed off their language skills by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Irvine MacDonald and the school’s musical flair was showcased with flautists Claudia McKale and Keira Robertson.
The school were delighted to receive and unveil new paintings that pupils from St Mark’s had instigated and worked on and were painted by pupils at Saint John Ogilvie High School who had gifted to them to mark the occasion. The paintings represent the Saints that are affiliated with each of St Mark’s four houses.
Head Teacher, Mrs Caroline Campbell, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see so many familiar faces in the audience who have come to help us celebrate our special day.
“The council invested in the future of our pupils by giving us this fantastic building, which is fully equipped for 21st century learning and we certainly make use of everything that the building has to offer.
“At St Mark’s we do our best to equip children well for the future, we celebrate individuality and make sure our learners can work independently and as part of a team, with excellent communication skills.
“But most of all we try to make sure that our pupils are honest, hardworking and creative people who will go on to thrive at secondary and in the world of work. I know our pupils will make a difference to the future of Scotland and our job here is to ensure that each pupil grows to be all they can be. We are fortunate that our pupils are supported by friends, family and the community.”
And Councillor Jean McKeown, the chair of the council’s Education Resources Committee, who had the honour unveiling the plaque, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed today’s entertainment, I’ve learned a few historical facts and the singing has been fantastic. I will treasure the special song for ever, it was a wonderful surprise.
“It’s very special for me to open this school as I was brought up not far from the school and spent my younger days playing in the local area so it really is an honour to officially open St Mark’s Primary School.”
The afternoon’s proceedings finished up with some members of the singing club performing the school blessing.