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Inverurie Community Campus prepares to open its doors


Finishing touches are now underway at the much anticipated £55m Inverurie Community Campus. The facility will first open its doors to the public on Wednesday 30 September when its swimming pool will become available for online bookings. A practical completion certificate was issued by the independent tester last


week, meaning building work has been completed, allowing for snagging and for preparations to commence for the transition of Aberdeenshire Council employees and services. The Aberdeenshire Council project is being delivered through developers’


hub North Scotland and built by Robertson who have been working to an agreed set of safe operating procedures since work re-mobilised earlier this summer. Construction activities will soon switch to the demolition of the old facilities and the completion of the external works, including new outdoor all- weather pitches. The impressive new campus will become home to Inverurie Academy


following the October holiday break. The planned school closure dates for pupils (subject to national approval) will take place on the last day of term (Friday 9 October) and first day back (Monday 26 October) to allow for the move to take place and then pupils will be welcomed back on Tuesday 27 October to fantastic new surroundings. St Andrew’s School pupils will be able to enjoy an enhanced transition


programme with a number of visits planned before they officially move into the building in November. The extensive community sports and leisure facilities which will be on offer


at the campus, once all works are complete, include a six-lane swimming pool, a multi-use games area and two all-weather pitches. The facilities on offer will be a valued space for pupils and residents alike. Cllr Gillian Owen, Chair of


Aberdeenshire’s Education and Children’s Services Committee welcomed the news saying: “We are very excited opening dates have been set and that the local community will soon be able to make use of this modern, dynamic new facility. It will be a huge asset for our school pupils, for our staff and of course the wider public. Many thanks to all the teams who have worked so hard to get the project to this stage.”


4 www.education-today.co.uk September 2020


Lockdown talent show proves a hit


Musical pupils across West Norfolk played, sang and danced their way into a lockdown online talent show which was judged by EastEnders actor Gillian Taylforth. More than 100 students from across West Norfolk schools sent their virtual


entries showcasing dancing, singing or playing an instrument and the exceptional standards meant an extra category had to be added. Organised by the West Norfolk Academies Trust, the show was open to all schools in the area, not just trust members, and a total of 120 virtual entries were sent in via the internet. Gillian and her sister Kim, also an actor, had the tough job of choosing the


winners and they asked for a runners-up category because the top entries could not be separated. “The standards were so high that Gillian and Kim asked if we could have


three runners-up and we were happy to do so. It was a unique contest as it was open to every school in the area and it showed there is a huge amount of talent coming through,” said head teacher Andy Johnson. “The most popular instrument was the piano and the overall High School


winner is a fantastic example of the category. Everyone learnt that the show can still go on, even during a pandemic lockdown,” added Mr Johnson.


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