Pupils’ artwork brightens up school construction site


Thursday, 5 October, 2017

Pupils from St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s Primary Schools have been getting creative to help promote child safety around the construction site of their new school in Bearsden.bearsden poster image

The new £10m primary school in Bearsden is being delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland as part of the Council’s Primary School Improvement Programme (PSIP) on the existing St Andrew’s Primary School site.

During the construction phase, the children received a safety presentation from main contractor Morgan Sindall then took part in a competition to create posters highlighting how to keep safe around building sites. Their artwork is set to be displayed on the hoardings surrounding the construction site.  

Earlier this week (Tuesday), Depute Council Leader, Gillian Renwick, Ewan MacKenzie from Hub West Scotland and David Boyle of Morgan Sindall went along to meet the competition winners.  

Councillor Renwick, said, “The winners of this competition have created eye catching posters which will not only brighten up the building site, but will remind everyone of the dangers of playing near a construction area. They have clearly taken on board the safety advice they have received from the contractors.”

Lindsey McNaughtan, Community Benefits Manager with Hub West Scotland said, “It is fantastic to see children getting involved and learning about the construction industry. Hub West Scotland and their supply chain are committed to working with education partners, to provide industry related learning activities and to inspire young people into a career in the construction industry”

Morgan Sindall Project Manager, David Boyle, added, “It’s really good to see the winning posters and I’m sure the pupils will enjoy seeing their work on display. Our team was impressed by the standard of the entries and there were a few tough decisions to be made selecting the winners from each group.”

The new school will boast flexible indoor/outdoor learning areas and a multi-use games area and is the fifth new school to be built as part of the Council’s PSIP. Building work got underway in April and the new building is set to be ready in summer 2018, replacing the existing St Joseph’s and St Andrew’s primary schools. 

Councillor Renwick concluded, “A competition like this is a great way of getting the pupils involved in the construction phase of their new school. The children are understandably very excited and are looking forward to seeing it complete next year.”

One of the winning pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School who came along to see her handiwork made into a large poster, said, “I never win anything so when I heard that my drawing had been picked I couldn’t believe it. It was really exciting to come to see the new school today and I’m really happy that my poster will be going up.”

A Primary 3 pupil from St Andrew’s Primary School was also very excited to see his design feature on a poster. He said, “It was really good to see my poster and I can’t wait to be able to show everyone once it’s up on the big fence. I liked learning all about being safe around the new building and I’m glad my picture was picked.”