Viewforth pupils look back before moving into new school

Pupils and staff from Viewforth High School were joined by Cllrs Neil Crooks and David Ross in burying the capsule. Pic: FPA
Pupils and staff from Viewforth High School were joined by Cllrs Neil Crooks and David Ross in burying the capsule. Pic: FPA
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Pupils and staff from Viewforth High School are remembering fondly their time there as they look forward to the new building opening next autumn.

They have been busy putting together a time capsule filled with their favourite memories to be buried in the foundations of the new school at Windmill playing fields.

Councillor Neil Crooks and Fife Council leader David Ross joined staff and pupils as they buried the caspule and shared their memories of Viewforth.

First year pupil Kate Mathison, said: “The new school is going to look so different compared to what we have now. It is definitely going to be bigger and modern and will be a bit scary. But I am looking forward to moving up there next year.”

Justine McIvor, also in first year, agreed adding: “It is quite scary going up to the new school as what we have now is quite small compared to the to what we will be moving to next year, but it is exciting.”

Head Boy James Scott, who won’t have the chance to attend the new high school, will miss the friendliness between pupils and staff the most.

He said: “I like the fact that the school is small and quite close knit. I can name everyone in my year which I’m not sure pupils at other secondary schools are able to do.”

At present, Viewforth High School has around 400 pupils, while the new building once complete has the capacity to have between 600-1000 pupils.

With a larger intake of children, staff are keen for the closeness at the school to continue.

Adrian Watt, rector, said: “It is now getting built, so all that is left to do is to use it and I hope the community feels that what we have here just now, moves with us.

“The existing school hasn’t stopped us giving the pupils the best possible education, but the facilities we will have next year will allow us to move into the 21st century.”

The new building will also house Rosslyn School and the library, further adding to it being seen as the heart of the local community.

“Viewforth has always had a community spirit and we don’t want to lose sight of that once we move,” Mr Watt added. “The new school will be of benefit to pupils, staff and those that live in the area.”