I had the pleasure and excitement on Wednesday (19th), of my first official tour of the school building. Up until that point, I had only seen the building from a plan and have to say that I was somewhat blown away by what I saw!
Firstly, the building is much bigger than I had imagined and the layout has been cleverly designed to make the most of things like sunshine, shelter from the wind and above all, the amazing view that can be seen from many of the rooms.
From a teaching point of view, the classrooms appear to be of a good size with the all important storage space. Each room has a ‘teaching wall’ which includes a built in SMARTboard which will allow pupils and staff to make the best possible use of this fantastic learning and teaching tool. One of my major challenges I fear, is going to be deciding which teachers get to work in the rooms with the spectacular views over the Kessock Bridge, Ben Wyvis and beyond!
This visit has given me a far better feeling for what the school will actually look like and I can now start to picture where the things that I am busy researching (like dining room furniture, library materials, ICT equipment etc…) will fit into the ‘master plan’.
As I draw towards the end of my first full week in position, my only slight regret is that I have not had the chance to meet with many of the parents who will become Milton of Leys parents. Once enrolment is underway (please see this particular page for full details of the enrolment process), there will be far more opportunities to begin the vital process of getting out and talking to the important members of the school community.
As a reminder, I will be available on Thursday of next week (27th Jan) between 3 and 4pm for any informal discussion about any matters to do with the school. I will be in the ‘Work Room’ (as described by Mr Syred!) at Inshes Primary and you are welcome to pop in and say hello or to ask any pressing questions at this point.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to meeting many of you in person over the coming weeks and months….
Milton of Leys Primary