Pupils from Perth primary schools have enjoyed an exclusive preview of the ongoing construction works at the new Bertha Park village.
16 curious youngsters from eight local schools visited Robertson Tayside’s Bertha Park High School site, part of the wider £1bn Bertha Park village currently under development.
The pupils will enjoy a series of six visits as part of the national Robertson Reporters programme, and will be introduced to a new area of construction work each time, providing ongoing feedback to their classmates.
The introductory session began with a short presentation before heading out on site to check on progress of the purpose-built facility with Site Manager Stuart Giles — pictured above alongside the pupils.
Gemma Gourlay, Director of Social Sustainability, Robertson Group said: “We created the Robertson Reporters programme to bring local pupils to our projects on their doorstep, to help give them an inside look and understanding of everything involved in bringing a project to life – from initial planning right through to completion.
“The pupils will then digest their learning by delivering key points from each session back in the classroom, helping build their confidence and communication skills – both key Curriculum for Excellence themes.
“It’s both a unique and valuable opportunity for the pupils to be invested right from the start in a project that will completely change the future of Perth – with many of them going on to attend the new school in the coming years.”
Convener of Perth & Kinross Council‘s Lifelong Learning Committee, Councillor Caroline Shiers, commented: “Perth & Kinross Council’s priority is to provide high quality educational environments to enhance the learning experiences of our pupils.
“I am delighted that local young people are being given the opportunity to participate in the development of the new school premises at Bertha Park through the Robertson Reporters programme.
“This scheme ensures that the Council’s commitment to providing excellent learning environments continues to be realised with this new and very welcome addition to our school estate in Perth and Kinross at Bertha Park.”
Participating schools included: Auchtergaven Primary, Methven Primary, Dunbarney Primary, Forgandenny Primary, Logiealmond Primary, Ruthvenfield Primary, Inch View Primary and Pitcairn Primary.
The new Bertha Park High School is on track to open for the 2019 school year.