Kemnay Academy extension opened

Former Kemnay Academy puil Finlay Smith with former Provost Jill Webster
Former Kemnay Academy puil Finlay Smith with former Provost Jill Webster

Former Provost of Aberdeenshire Jill Webster officially opened Kemnay Academy’s new £14.3million extension on Wednesday, (June 3).

The new facilities include a fully-equipped gymnasium as well as a music room and additional support for learning facilities the extension is also energy efficient with a biomass heating plant adding to the Eco School status of the academy.

A special plaque of the school badge was also unveiled made of Kemnay granite and created to mark the new facilities by Geography teacher Peter Robinson who has a keen interest in geology and worked on the plaque with stones gathered during the construction phase.

The former Provost unveiled the new extension and said it was a fantastic facility, adding: “The school serves the community and the whole-school community has been instrumental in bringing the project to fruition too.

“In addition, thanks to Geography teacher Peter Robinson, who with a passion for geology, created the unique plaque that incorporates Kemnay granite used in the building works and is a fantastic piece of history to mark this special occasion.”

Head teacher Dr Charlie Hunter, who retires at the end of term, welcomed everyone to what he said was a significant day in the school’s history and said it had been a privilege to be head teacher for 11 years adding: “I am delighted that this new building and refurbishment leaves us with great quality and sufficient teaching spaces but, more so, the fantastic social space in the atrium.

He also praised former pupil Finlay Smith for creating a piece of music for the event called ‘Inspirans Futurum’ which translates as Inspiring Future and said it served as a great motto for this new phase of Kemnay Academy’s history.

Former pupil Finlay Smith, 18, from Kintore, saw the extension built in his final year at school and said that he enjoyed the encouragement of teachers at Kemnay Academy and enjoyed composing a piece of music for the event.

Finlay said: “I have a real passion for music it was an honour to compose music for this event.”