Aberdeen pupils paint a picture of the past ahead of bright future

Stoneywood Scool pupils and their designs. 
Dylan Currie, Nova Andrew, Adam Booth.
Keira Duncan, Aden Robertson, Katie West. Lewis West, Reece Murison,
Stoneywood Scool pupils and their designs. Dylan Currie, Nova Andrew, Adam Booth. Keira Duncan, Aden Robertson, Katie West. Lewis West, Reece Murison,

Pupils have put brush to canvas to say goodbye as they look forward to moving in to their new school.

Students at Stoneywood School have been preparing to leave the building, located between Dyce and Blackburn, before the doors of their £13 million new home open in the former Bankhead Academy.

Head teacher Gael Ross has helped the pupils come to terms with the change by encouraging them to paint their old and new schools during an art lesson.

She said: “We painted pictures of our old school so they can come to terms with the change because for some it’s all they’ve ever known.

“The children have had mixed emotions, it’s definitely the end of an era.

“Some of the children, the house winners, have been to the new build and were the first ones to use the sports pitch playing tennis and football.

“The primary three kids are a bit sad but they’re more excited, it’s the older children who are a bit more emotional.”

The new school, which can house 434 pupils, was built on the former site of Bankhead Academy, which was gutted by fire in 2012.

A gift was presented by Parents SWAT team (Stoneywood we achieve together)<br />Aden robertson, Keira Duncan and Katie West

Ms Ross added: “The facilities at the new school are much improved and there will be so many more opportunities to learn – all the staff are really looking forward to getting in and settling down. There are definitely enhanced outdoor learning opportunities and the children will be able to play and eat outside more.

“As teachers always say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.

“We’ll be able to work more holistically – teachers won’t be working in isolation in their classrooms and it will be more flexible.

“We have all been very much involved with the design from the start, working together with the design team, and we’re thankful.”

Primary seven pupil Lewis West, who will be attending Bucksburn Academy in August, said: “I’m sad about not getting to go to the new school but I’m excited for the challenges in Bucksburn Academy.”

Keira Duncan, who is in primary four, said: “I am excited for the new school and to try different things.”

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