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New social and learning space at Huntly's Gordon Schools is named after a Rector whose ambition was to see Brunton area refurbished


By Pat Scott

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AN area at The Gordon Schools used originally for car maintenance and technical subjects and which latterly had become a store for broken and unused equipment has had a facelift.

Known as the Brunton area it has been named the John Swan Atrium in memory of the former Rector who worked tirelessly during his time at the school to secure the cash need to bring the area into practical use.

Pupils enjoy the new John Swan Atrium. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Pupils enjoy the new John Swan Atrium. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

In the region of £300,000 has been invested to re-roof and lay a new floor.

It will be used as a social and learning space.

Teachers will be able to book the new resource which includes a technology room.

An open, airy space has been created for learning and social use at The Gordon Schools. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
An open, airy space has been created for learning and social use at The Gordon Schools. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Seating can be used by both classes and pupils during lunchtime.

An area of The Gordon Schools in Huntly has been renovated and named in memory of former rector John Swan...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
An area of The Gordon Schools in Huntly has been renovated and named in memory of former rector John Swan...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Mr Swan was Rector from 1991 until 2006 and died in 2018. His family chose the name for the area and three generations of them attended the official opening last Friday.

Three generations of the family of former rector John Swan attending the official launch of the John Swan Atrium Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Three generations of the family of former rector John Swan attending the official launch of the John Swan Atrium Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

On behalf of the family, his daughter, Morven Gordon-Duff said: "We have chosen the to name the area The John Swan atrium - the atrium is one of the chambers of the heart, this area is within the heart of the building, within the school that held a very dear place in our dad's heart."

The commemorative plaque bears some of former rector John Swan's favourite sayings. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
The commemorative plaque bears some of former rector John Swan's favourite sayings. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

A memorial plaque unveiled carried one of Mr Swan's favourites sayings 'work hard and do well.'


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