New play equipment for Strachan School

Andrew Considine cutting the ribbon to the new playground at Strachan Primary School
Andrew Considine cutting the ribbon to the new playground at Strachan Primary School

New playground equipment at Strachan School was unveiled by popular Dons defender, Andrew Considine.

The event was attended by MSPs and councillors as well as members of the local community as the school is eager for the playground to become a community facility. It is hoped the thriving U5s group will use it during the summer term.

Strachan School is working with UNICEF to become a Rights Respecting School. Schools are given this award in recognition of their achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.

A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships.

Strachan School headteacher Mrs Dunn said: “The new playground project has been a tremendous example of just how our young pupils can rise to the challenge when given respect and responsibility. The Pupil Council was put in charge of choosing, planning and ordering the new equipment and they have done a fantastic job.”

The new equipment was bought with support from Awards for All Lottery Funding and installed by the Glasgow based company Scotplay.

Cllr Karen Clark said: “This is a wonderful achievement and shows what can be done by pupils working together with the support of a dedicated and caring staff. “Strachan may be a small school but it thinks big. There is a lot going on and the fact that the playground equipment will be for the wider community is something to celebrate.”

Cllr Linda Clark added: “Well done to all the school-bairns, their teachers and indeed the parents.

“Big is certainly not always beautiful and this wee school, with its big heart in inviting the whole community to enjoy the super playground area, is proving just that. As a Strachan village parent in the past, I would like to endorse the ethos of country education when it’s on the doorstep.”

Strachan School is a Fairtrade school and Fairtrade refreshments were served to mark the start of Fairtade Fortnight.