Milestone is celebrated at new school

Angela Constance MSP
Angela Constance MSP
  • Topping out ceremony
  • New stage in school construction
  • Education Minister’s visit

The head girl and boy at Kirkland and Buckhaven High Schools are green with envy over their up and coming young contemporaries.

Both expressed regret that they’ll have moved on by the time the revolutionary new secondary school and community college for Levenmouth opens next year.

Gemma McDonald, head girl at Kirkland, and Buckhaven High’s head boy, Jonathan Fortune, each addressed a public gathering last Wednesday at a ‘topping out’ ceremony marking the completion of the highest point of the new £42m structure, which will replace the existing two schools.

Special guest was Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, who said it would be “a fantastic environment” for pupils to learn in and provide modern facilities the whole community would enjoy for generations to come.

“It is encouraging that a new college building is being developed in tandem with the school to provide a campus approach to open up a closer relationship and create opportunities between secondary and further education,” she added.

Jonathan Fortune said: “After hearing the plans for this modern, state of the art facility, I have to say I am jealous of all those younger than me that will be able to experience it and all it will have to offer.

“The school will be a 21st century creation to say the least – with a new, modern style of learning being established.

“To enhance the education of local pupils, a new modern curriculum will alow college courses to be completed within the building – courses like engineering and travel and tourism. There will also be numerous ways for extra-curricular activities to take place; a drama stage, music recording studio and an art gallery are just some of the facilities that will be available.”

Echoing similar feelings of jealousy, Gemma McDonald added there was more besides the curriculum.

“The combining of two schools is an opportunity for everyone in the community to come together work together and learn together,” she said.

“This allows new friendships, new opportunities and a more enjoyable learning experience.

“It will be a huge change, coming from a school of just over 400 pupils to a campus of over 2000.

“Speaking for Kirkland, and I am sure Buckhaven, the basis of our school is the people who learn and work there.

“That is what creates a great school and I think this will be the exact same here.”

Addresses also followed from Ronnie Ross, head teacher designate, and Councillor David Ross, leader of Fife Council.