New library opened at Boddam School

Author Estelle Maskame, surrounded by pupils and parents, cuts the ribbon for the opening of the new Boddam School library.
Author Estelle Maskame, surrounded by pupils and parents, cuts the ribbon for the opening of the new Boddam School library.

A new library has been officially opened at Boddam School.

The new facility was opened by Peterhead author Estelle Maskame following months of hard work by the Parent Council, Pupil Council and wider school community.

Author Estelle Maskame, surrounded by pupils and parents, cuts the ribbon for the opening of the new Boddam School library.

Author Estelle Maskame, surrounded by pupils and parents, cuts the ribbon for the opening of the new Boddam School library.

The idea for a new library space came when the nursery class moved into a new building.

Staff members then asked the Parent Council if they would support them in turning the vacated space into a library for the pupils.

Since then, the school has been raising awareness of literacy and even held a ‘Literacy Week’.

The Parent Council has played a huge role with fund-raising for the new library - including a Mince Pie Morning which was held last year.

As well as transforming the old nursery room into the new library area, the the range of reading materials on offer has also been upgraded.

Many of the school’s books were damaged when they were put in storage. However, the new selection of books has been subject to consultation with Boddam pupils through the Pupil Council to encourage the children to read for pleasure.

The official opening event was attended by the Parent Council members who were instrumental in getting the library up and running; pupil council members and their parents; and the pupils of Parent Council members who were invited.

Peterhead South councillor Stuart Pratt also attended the special event, which was held last Wednesday to coincide with Scottish Book Week.

Commenting, Head Teacher Danica Smith said: “We wanted to have this library opening to celebrate all of the hard work of Parent Council, the Pupil Council and indeed the whole school community.

“Literacy is an essential part of everyday life and by working together we not only raised the profile of literacy but ended up with an amazing library that our children can access on a daily basis.”