Construction is child's play after school donation
Posted on October 03, 2013
A north school has built new links to the construction sector after a donation from the organisation responsible for providing new community facilities across the Highlands.
Craighill Primary School in Tain has been kitted out with a selection of equipment associated with the trades after pupils had their imagination sparked by a visit to the site of the village’s new health centre.
The Craighill children now have a dressing up corner complete with hard hats and high visibility vests to make role-play more realistic, courtesy of joint venture company hub North Scotland.
The organisation is the driving force behind the planning, procurement and delivery of community-based infrastructure projects across the north of Scotland and is in the process of developing the new £4million facility at Tain. When completed next year it will house GP services, dental provision, community nursing, physiotherapy and podiatry as part of a package of community facilities.
In May this year Craighill pupils took part in the sod cutting ceremony to mark the start of work on the site, which neighbours the school campus, and it was that trip that laid the foundations for the new relationship.
Headteacher Duncan Mackay said: “The children really enjoyed playing their part on the day of the sod cutting and they had fun putting on the safety equipment needed on site - so much so that they asked if they could take it back to share with their schoolmates. Hub North Scotland thought it was better to order in new equipment for the pupils and we were delighted to accept that offer. It is already being put to good use by our budding builders.”
Angus Macfarlane, chief executive of hub North Scotland, added: “We’re pleased to be able to help the school and it is great to see the equipment bringing fun to the classroom.
“Hub North Scotland was formed to make a real difference to communities across the region and doesn’t stop at creating the facilities. We’re committed to being at the heart of the areas we serve and believe the small details are just as important as the major projects.”
Alison Phimister, NHS Highland East Ross District Manager, added: "NHS Highland is keen to maintain a good working relationship with the school. We are delighted that the project is on course to be completed on time and will continue to engage with community around the new Tain health centre."