Cardinal O'Brian opens Edinburgh's latest school

The latest new school in Edinburgh is due to be officially opened by Cardinal Keith O’ Brian and Cllr. Marilyne MacLaren. St. Augustine’s R.C High School will be opened as part of a £180m Council rebuilding programme.

The school features innovative design features with modern facilities and has the added benefit of a purpose built theatre and roof top terraces with magnificent views over the surrounding countryside.

Pupils will be well catered for with the latest smart boards, furniture and fittings including state of the art science and technological equipment.

City Education Leader Marilyne MacLaren, said: "It is exciting to see our latest new school open in the city. The new building will encourage pupils to learn, prosper and ultimately succeed in the future. This eye-catching school will also benefit the local community, with plenty of brand new facilities for locals to enjoy."

Cardinal Keith O' Brian, said: "I am intensely looking forward to the formal opening of St Augustine's RC High School.  I myself received the latter part of my secondary education in Edinburgh at Holy Cross Academy in Edinburgh - the predecessor of St Augustine's RC High School.
"Consequently, this will be a nostalgic occasion for me - and yet one which I realise will be vitally important for the ongoing education and formation of many fine young people who will be citizens of our capital city and of our country in the years to come."

The high school was founded in August 1969 and was a merger of two existing Catholic schools. One was Holy Cross Academy which was established in 1907, the other was St Andrew's Junior Secondary which opened in 1962. St Augustine's moved to its present site on the west of the city in October 1969.

During construction, the secondary school used enough cable to get from Edinburgh to Manchester, which is approximately 220 miles.

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