Official opening of Hilltop Primary School, LCSC and nursery class

Provost Jean Jones officially opened the new £17.5m Hilltop campus at a special event in front of pupils, parents, staff and guests on Thursday 6 February

Official opening of new Hilltop campus Feb 2020

The campus is home to more than 500 young people and includes a Language and Communication Support Centre (LCSC) designed for young people with a range of needs including children on the autistic spectrum.

Pupils from the school choir and the sight and sing club entertained guests with songs including 'A million dreams' from the film The Greatest Showman followed by 'High hopes' - while the Samba band performed a Brazilian song called 'Magdalenha'.

Declaring the new building open, Provost Jones said: "I am sure that everyone is impressed by the investment we've made in this stimulating environment, which allows high-quality learning and teaching and reflects our determination to ensure young people are able to realise their full potential."

School chaplain Kay Gilchrist from Jackson Church gave the blessing and dedication.

Cllr Frank McNally, Convener of Education, said: "Hilltop has been on quite a journey over the past few years and I'd like to congratulate everyone involved for their efforts in getting to this place and for their clear commitment to our young people and the wider community.

"The campus reflects North Lanarkshire Council's vision for thriving community hubs which provide wider support for the benefit of people who live in the area."

The name Hilltop was chosen by the community as the name 'Airdrie' is derived from the Gaelic for 'high plain' or 'pasture'.

Mrs Tina Donnelly, Head Teacher of Hilltop Primary, said: "We have a wonderful new facility which supports 380 pupils across 16 mainstream classes, the LCSC caters for 50 pupils and the nursery has 76 children attending.

"There are many cherished memories from Dunrobin and Petersburn schools and their legacy will live on in Hilltop's story.

"We've enjoyed great support from so many people including from the interim parent council who supported us throughout the transition and this is continuing through the newly formed parent council.

"There has been so much progress and achievement in the short time Hilltop has been in existence and all staff are striving to provide high-quality learning experiences for all of our children across the nursery, LCSC and the school."

The car park is due to be completed in March and the new playing field will be completed for pupils returning to school in August 2020.

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