Pupils at Leuchars Primary have unveiled a new badge to reflect the coming changes to their school community.
With many children due to move to Leuchars later this year when the army relocates to the town’s former RAF base from Bad Fallingbostel in Germany, the school’s transition committee, made up of pupils, wanted to do something to make the new arrivals feel welcome.
The came up with the idea of competition – for pupils both in Leuchars and Bad Fallingbostel – to design a new school badge.
Headteacher Lucy Jess said: “The current badge, featuring a fast jet, has served the school well for many years, but a new time is coming for our school and community and we feel it is appropriate to change the badge to reflect this.”
The new badge retains the red writing and thistle from the current badge and introduces a hand shake to represent a welcoming school.
The badge shows the colours of Leuchars Primary School’s four houses – Eden, Athernase, Earlshall and Bruce – while the children shaking hands are wearing grey and navy, the colours of Heide and Shackleton primary schools in Bad Fallingbostel.
Mrs Jess added: “The current badge will continue in use until June 2015. It will remain on display in the school beyond that date as a lasting reminder of our long and valued association with the RAF during their many years at Leuchars, with the new badge taking pride of place from August.
“Congratulations to Brooke who designed the winning badge. Lihi added the idea of the house colours and Rebecca also designed a badge with a thistle and hands. Well done to them all for their lasting contribution.”
The Schoolwear Shop, Commercial Street, Dundee, donated book vouchers to be presented to the three designers and the school’s Parent Council has donated runners’ up prizes.
In June, all children due to be on the school roll in August will be given a voucher worth one free badged sweatshirt or cardigan. This has been funded by the MoD Education Support Fund.
On presentation of the voucher at the Schoolwear Shop, parents will also receive 15 per cent off all other purchases made in the same transaction.
Mrs Jess said: “We are grateful to the MoD and the Schoolwear Shop for the support they are giving our families to purchase new uniform in light of the change of badge.”