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Building firm gets shirty with pupils after completing new school building


By Alasdair Fraser

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Shirts donated to Merkinch Primary by builders Robertson Construction. Pictured (left to right): Merkinch Primary head teacher Jillian Kean and Chris Ogg, project manager for Robertson Construction, watched on by pupils.
Shirts donated to Merkinch Primary by builders Robertson Construction. Pictured (left to right): Merkinch Primary head teacher Jillian Kean and Chris Ogg, project manager for Robertson Construction, watched on by pupils.

A building firm has marked completion of a new Merkinch Primary School building by gifting a t-shirt to every pupil.

Robertson Construction made the gesture to around 350 kids on the school roll after putting the finishing touches on the first phase of the multi-million pound project last month.

Part of the school’s everyday uniform, the new t-shirts will be worn with pride as the pupils begin to settle into their new school and facilities.

Robertson Construction's regional managing director Frank Reid said: “Construction of the school was carried out while the school remained operational and, because of this, we really felt part of the Merkinch School community.

“It’s important for us that we leave a positive lasting legacy everywhere we work, and we are proud to have played our part in enhancing the original Category B listed building with a new extension so the school can continue to serve the community in decades to come.

“We look forward to continuing our work in phase 2 as we refurbish the existing facility into new dining and community facilities.”

Head teacher Jillian Kean said: “I would like to thank Robertson Construction for their generosity in gifting each of our pupils a new school t-shirt.

"This small token will serve as a reminder to the children of the many individuals and their hard work that went into constructing this amazing space for them.

“We have been thoroughly enjoying our new school building since we moved in and we look forward to spending many years to come in this new facility.”

The new primary school, procured through Scape Scotland for Highland Council, includes 14 new classrooms, ancillary teaching area, three-room nursery, nurture rooms, a four court games hall, and an external multi-use games area.

Phase two, set to commence in coming months, will create new playing fields and refurbish the original school building with kitchen and dining facilities, as well as accommodation for Merkinch Family Centre by August 2021.



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