Hunt for school time capsules ahead of Mearns Community Campus opening

The new campus will be open by August.
The new campus will be open by August.

An event is being organised for the public next week ahead of the opening of the new Mearns Community Campus this summer.

Construction is nearing completion and the building is expected to be ready for use by the community in August.

The public session next Wednesday, March 26, is intended to show what will be on offer and give people a say on the future development and use of the campus.

It will also be a chance to meet staff from the council’s education, learning and leisure service.

The session will take place in the assembly hall at the existing Mearns Academy from 3-7.30pm.

The event has been planned to help all users access the facilities which will be available, and is also provide a chance for local people to become involved in suggesting how the whole community can benefit from the new build.

The intention is to create a Campus Forum which will inform the future development and management of the community campus.

Invitations are being sent out ahead of the event, but anyone living in the Mearns area is welcome to attend at any point in the day.

Meanwhile, the Mearns Academy Community Group (MACG) has watched the new school going up before their eyes.

With the community’s help there will be a range of events being held to celebrate the closure of the old school and, later on, the opening of the new campus.

A pupil-led management group are organising an open day on June 14 where there will be a coffee morning, musicians and lots of other activities going on.

Additionally, a ceilidh dance for all the community is being arranged for Saturday, June 28, just a week before the current school closes. Tickets will be available to all with current and past connections with the Academy.

Audrey McPherson, treasurer of MACG, told the Leader and Observer: “To support all of this and other activities, we are really looking for more people from the Mearns community to help.

“If you would like to be involved then please come along to a meeting to be held at Mearns Academy library at 7pm this coming Monday, March 24. Alternatively, if unable to attend the meeting but keen to support matters, please advise the school by phone (01561 378817).

“Also, we are also looking for lots of old school photos to decorate the premises for the weeks leading up to the closing ceremony.

“If anyone has photographs from their school days over the last 80 years could they please bring them along to the Laurenckirk Community Centre, who have kindly agreed to scan them for us. You can then take them away again.

“Last but not least, it is believed that there are two time capsules buried on the current school site – but, there is no record of where!

‘‘Obviously, we have an idea of where they are but would prefer to have concrete evidence before digging holes everywhere.

“If anyone was involved with the time capsules, or knows where they are buried, we would love to hear from you by contacting the school as above.

“It would be great if we could get all the community on board with this, as was done for the opening of the train station.

‘‘That was such a fantastic day and it would be fabulous if we could do the same for the closing of the current Mearns Academy.”