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Published 20 February 2019

Pupils and teachers joined Councillors to celebrate Balloch Campus’ first birthday on Tuesday, 19 February.

To mark the occasion, children dressed down for the day and were treated to a birthday ‘icy’ during a special visit from an ice cream van.

Cllr Karen Conaghan  and Cllr Ian Dickson with three year olds Ahria McColl, Lewis Clifford and Freya Kennedy all eating ice creams

As part of the celebrations, pupils enjoyed party music in the gym hall and received a small birthday cake bearing the number one on each cake during lunch to mark the special day.

pupils enjoying a discoat the campus

Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Karen Conaghan, said: “It has been a very quick year and it’s great to see how well both the pupils and staff have settled in the campus.  I was pleased to see happy, confident children who are clearly enjoying their learning in this outstanding campus which has improved the educational opportunities for more than 500 children.”

Vice Convener, Councillor Ian Dickson, added: “Balloch Campus is a wonderful building and it is great to see how the children have settled and are enjoying their new school.   The campus was designed to help pupils transition between nursery and primary school all within the same building and also helping those with complex additional support needs to get the best start in life and reach their full potential.”

Happy Birthday sign on a wall

Laura Mason, Chief Education Officer said: “It’s been a busy year for both teachers and pupils at Balloch Campus and I am pleased that all children have settled well in their new educational establishment.   This Campus fully supports the Curriculum for Excellence and ensures every child attains and achieves through the excellent facilities at Balloch.”  

The campus, which is built on the site of the former St Kessog’s Primary, accommodates St Kessog’s Primary and the new Balloch Primary created following a merger of Haldane and Jamestown Primaries. The site is also home to Balloch Early Learning and Childcare Centre and an Additional Support Needs Base.