New gym for Blackhall Primary School officially opened

The new gym hall for Blackhall Primary School was officially opened today (Thursday 4 February 2016).

The City of Edinburgh Council allocated over £1m for the new building as part of its capital investment programme with the gym being completed in December.

Pupils are now benefitting from two hours of PE a week which was not possible in the previous building which is now used as a dining hall and for other school activities. 

Head teacher Arran Finlay was joined by Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages and Paralympic silver medallist Sam Ingram at today’s event.

Ms Finlay said: “We are delighted to have this wonderful new gym hall at our primary school, not only for the children and staff, but for the whole Blackhall community.  

“For the first time in many years, we are able to deliver two hours of PE to all of our 450 pupils and we are now able to come together as a whole school for events, which is fantastic.  A huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make this happen!"

Councillor Paul Godzik, Convener for Education, Children and Families, said: “I’m sure staff and parents at Blackhall Primary School are thrilled to see the new gym up and running and being used by so many pupils. 

“Building this fantastic new facility is evidence of the Capital Coalition’s commitment to upgrading and improving our schools. We have three new high schools opening this year and our Wave 4 school investment programme has identified a further seven schools we want to replace.”

Roddy Clark, Development Manager for Hub South East Scotland Ltd, the Council’s development partner, said: “I’m delighted to be marking the official opening of Blackhall Primary’s gym hall, a project delivered by Hub South East and our contractor, Morrison Construction.

“It’s great to see that because of this new facility the school is better able to deliver more physical education for its pupils. I hope they enjoy using their new hall and I look forward to continuing our positive partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council on future projects.”

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