Ellon looked to the future when work got under way at site of the new academy at Cromleybank.
Fittingly, the first turf was cut last Friday by a youngster who is likely to attend the new educational facility, which is scheduled to open in 2015.
Newburgh Mathers P5 pupil Bethan Gregory performed the ceremony with a little help from Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster in front of other pupils from the feeder schools, local dignitaries, including councillors and staff from the existing academy.
Earlier, Councillor Isobel Davidson, who chairs the council’s education, leisure and learning committee, expressed her pride in the new building.
She said: “The new campus will offer modern, sustainable facilities for pupils and the community. I am sure it will become a popular community hub.”
Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan welcomed the start of the construction and said: ‘’Ellon Academy is a large rural, comprehensive school with a long tradition of excellence and a strong relationship with the community.
“This state of the art building will provide pupils with the best possible environment for learning.”
Rector Tim McKay said: “We are all very excited at the prospect of having a new school by 2015.”
The development which was first unveiled in 2011, is part of the Scottish Government’s £1.25 billion Schools for the Future building programme and is one of three projects planned for Aberdeenshire, including Alford and the Mearns.