Adrian Watt has been rector of Viewforth for the past six years, during which he has built up a great relationship with pupils, staff and parents.
At the school’s final prizegiving in its current facility last Friday, he told guests: “Some will see today as the final prizegiving in Loughborough Road and may have a lump in their throats as minds recall fond memories of their school days.”
However he said the school was delighted to welcome representatives from the team who have built the new Viewforth High School.
“While the new school facilities are excellent I will not forget the comment of a youngster in my daily dozen (get together session) just after the new school was announced. While I was enthusing about the wonderful new labs, computing facilities and sports pitches that we would have, she brought me back down to earth with the comment: ‘Mr Watt, I hope the new building doesn’t spoil the school.’
“To her the school is more about the people than the fabric. It’s those key relationships and that ethos of nurture and care which mean so much. We must ensure that we take these Viewforth values with us – that sense of ambition and aspiration, those features of care and compassion, as well as that longing to serve the local community.
“If we transfer these core beliefs into first class facilities we really do have the opportunity to facilitate social reform and change lives and communities for generations to come.”