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Published 03 April 2018

West Dunbartonshire Council’s newest flagship school, Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School was officially opened this week.

Elected Members, parents, pupils, staff and invited guests attended the opening of the spectacular new £25m Bellsmyre school on Tuesday, 27 March.  

As part of the opening ceremony guests were entertained with a stunning performance from singers Caitlin O’Sullivan and Callum Latham and heard a moving performance from Sarah Docherty on piano.   Guests were shown a video which highlighted how students are benefiting from the new building  and also detailed the history of how  Notre Dame and St Patrick’s came together to create Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School.

The school was officially opened by Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Karen Conaghan, who is a former pupil of Notre dame and an OLSP parent.

Councillor Conaghan said: “Since opening in October the new Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School has transformed the educational experiences of the 1000 young people who attend.

“This is a high-performing school which has a history of attainment and the building offers the perfect environment to continue that success. Classrooms are fully furnished with modern state-of-the-art equipment with large break-out spaces to facilitate innovative and inspirational methods of learning and teaching.

“These new facilities offer our young people the best possible facilities to support them to become confident individuals and successful learners”

Head Teacher, Christopher Smith, added: “This was a special moment for everyone connected with the school. I was delighted to welcome our guests, parents and carers to this special event which followed on from our official blessing by His Grace Archbishop Philip Tartaglia earlier this year. 

“Our Lady and St Patrick’s is not only a school, it is a whole community. We are immensely proud of our history and heritage and the opening of this new build marked the next chapter in our journey.  Pupils and staff are delighted with the design and quality of the school and are making the most of the new learning environments and facilities which are enhancing opportunities for our young people.

“This is a school built for the modern curriculum and we are looking forward to the future and supporting many more young people to achieve all that they can.”

Laura Mason, Chief Education Officer said: “OLSP is the final new build high school and on completion of Choices will complete the regeneration of West Dunbartonshire’s secondary school estate. Together these developments will have transformed learning for thousands of young people and moved them into facilities which are purpose built to support the Curriculum for Excellence. I have every confidence that this new building will support generations of young people to attain and achieve.”

Following the opening ceremony, senior pupils took guests on a tour of the school, showing off the impressive educational and sporting facilities within the new building.