Time capsule buried as Mearns pupils say goodbye

Pupils Oliver Neill and Lauren McGill bury the time capsule at the new community campus
Pupils Oliver Neill and Lauren McGill bury the time capsule at the new community campus

Mearns Academy pupils said goodbye to their old school this week and can now look ahead to their future at the new community campus.

Pupils, staff, councillors and members of the community gathered at the old campus to say farewell at an event which also saw the burial of a time capsule.

The farewell event held last Friday, June 27, saw rector Ian Parkin, chair of Education, Learns and Leisure Councillor Isobel Davidson and senior pupils talk about the past, present and future of Mearns Academy.

A short video played to the room showed some past and current pictures before a walk to the new campus to bury the time capsule.

There was also outstanding musical performances from pupils Matthew Crabb on piano and Gina Gallacher on the harp.

Mearns Academy Rector Ian Parkin said: “The building has served the Mearns well for generations but the school community has outgrown it in recent years.

“It is, of course, sad to leave the old building behind as it has a long history associated with it; but we need to remember that it is the pupils, parents and staff - not the building - that make the Mearns Academy school ethos so special.

“All of us are excited about moving to the new building next term and looking forward to the next chapter in the history of our school.”

Construction work on the new school building began in the summer of 2012 and it will open its doors to pupils for the first time on August 21 after the summer holiday.

Chair of Education, Learning and Leisure, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said: “I was really impressed with the level of commitment to their school displayed by the pupils at the closing ceremony.

‘‘I know they will bring that with them to the new community campus.

“The new building also gives the pupils, staff and local community the facilities they deserve and is a clear demonstration of our commitment to investing in education in Aberdeenshire.”