Comhairle nan Eilean Siar formally opened Daliburgh School in South Uist yesterday (Monday).
The opening is the final in a series of six new schools comprising the £60m Western Isles Schools Project, the largest ever capital investment in the Western Isles. Daliburgh is an 83 pupil primary school.
The opening was performed by Catriona Macinness, who was the school secretary from 1974 to 2010. Pupils, parents and staff celebrated the opening along with local CNES Councillors and officials, Catriona Stewart, Chair of Education and Children’s Services, Convener Norman A Macdonald and Scottish Government Minister Dr. Alasdair Allan.
The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Dr. Allan, said: “It is great to be part of the celebrations to open the new Daliburgh primary school, my thanks to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for their invitation to take part. The Scottish Government provided almost £2.4m towards this fantastic new facility as part of the Schools for the Future Programme, which is helping us meet our commitment to provide high quality school buildings for children and young people right across Scotland.”
Cllr Catriona Stewart, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Chair of Education and Children’s Services said: “The award of part -funding by the Scottish Government for a new primary school in Daliburgh was most timely. It enabled the Comhairle to include the new-build in the WISP programme once the remaining capital funding had been identified. The Comhairle are grateful for the support that successive governments and ministers have given to the Western Isles Schools Project and we are delighted that our MSP and Government Minister, Dr Alasdair Allan, is able to be with us today.”
Convener Norman A MacDonald added: “I would just like to wish all staff, pupils, parents and indeed the entire community, a successful and happy future in these wonderful new facilities.“
The six schools in the Western Isles Schools Project were Sir E. Scott, The Nicolson Institute, Balivanich, Point, West Side and Daliburgh.