Pupils at St Mary's School in Mosgiel celebrate the start of the 2013 school year at their new school next to the Holy Cross Conference Centre yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
St Mary's School in Mosgiel was filled with pupils wandering
around wide-eyed and scratching their heads yesterday,
wondering how their old classrooms could have changed so
Long banks of classrooms from the school's former site in
Church St were picked up late last year and moved along the
road, where they were reconfigured in a pod shape, next to
the Holy Cross Conference Centre.
As the new $2 million school opened for the first day of
classes yesterday, pupils tried in vain to find anything they
recognised from their old school site, principal Michael
''You wouldn't recognise it from the old school in a million
''The kids and parents were very excited.
''They were saying things like, 'This is awesome', 'Wow', and
'I can't believe how much it's changed'.
''I think it was a bit like Christmas again for them.''
Despite the initial confusion, the pupils gave their new
school a big thumbs-up.
''I love it. The best thing is the toilets are clean and
shiny,'' Pyper Johnson (10) said.
But the novelty was slightly lost on 5-year-old Samantha
Diack, a new entrant and essentially a first-day pupil at the
''It's good. The best thing about school is playing with my
friends,'' she said.
A small ceremony was held yesterday to welcome the school's
120 pupils on to the new site. An official opening ceremony
will be held on Friday, with Bishop Colin Campbell and local
politicians, Mr Brosnahan said.