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Ceremony marks official opening of unique £17m faith schools campus

Momentous day for St Clare's Primary and Calderwood Lodge

Faith schools opening

A ceremony to mark the official opening of a unique faith schools' joint campus in East Renfrewshire was held today (Wednesday 8 November). 

Bishop John Keenan, of the Diocese of Paisley, and Britain's Chief Orthodox Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, joined local councillors and members of the school community for the occasion.

The £17m faith schools' joint campus in Newton Mearns, thought to be the first of its kind in the world, opened its doors in August and is now home to two primary schools, St Clare's Primary and Calderwood Lodge, as well as a non-denominational nursery class.

East Renfrewshire Council delivered this innovative joint campus to provide the required increased provision of Catholic education in the area and also to relocate the current Calderwood Lodge from its previous base in Newlands, Glasgow.

The official opening included a series of religious readings and prayers as well as musical performances from pupils.

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The council's Convener of Education and Equalities, Councillor Paul O'Kane, then officially declared the school open with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.

It was a huge honour to be part of the official opening ceremony at this state-of-the-art campus which will support fabulous learning experiences for all of its pupils. This new £17million facility is part of a wider multi-million pound investment in the council's school estate which will support us to improve services for our youngest residents in communities right across the area. We are privileged to have two excellent Head Teachers driving Calderwood Lodge and St Clare's forward, and as they settle into their new surroundings this leadership will help foster a wealth of shared experiences which will benefit all. It is fantastic that these two schools share their own strong and distinct faiths, but this is coupled with shared values which embrace diversity and reflect the multi-cultural world in which we live. I look forward to seeing the campus develop over the coming years. Councillor Paul O'Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities

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