Isobel Duncan Building

In December 2017 the foundations were excavated for a new building at Uphill – funded in large part by a generous legacy donation.

Esther Isobel Searles, nee Duncan, 1931-2017

┬áIsobel Searles, a Dollar Academy school friend of Jock and Eileen Macdonald (Max’s parents), became interested in tales of the fledgling school in 2013 and supported the project until her death early in 2017. ┬áIsobel, a physiotherapist, always enjoyed her work with children and she loved to hear about, and see photographs of, the Uphill youngsters. Her gift will be a lasting legacy at Uphill Junior School and will benefit the children there for many years to come. Thank you so much, Isobel.

Isobel (in pink) with Eileen, firm friends from the age of 8

The building that will bear Isobel’s name (and be painted in her favourite colours of yellow and orange) will provide much needed office space and staff room plus a small treatment room for the new School Nurse.

We hope that the Isobel Duncan Building will be open for use by the time Term 2 begins at the end of May 2018. Progress to date in pictures:

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Head builder Waren and his advisers take a first look at the build plans

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Discussing the build – with the help of local materials

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District Physical Planner Musana Samuel checks the foundations

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Packing the foundations with hard core

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The foundations are left to cure over Christmas

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Uphill build team – local men, many with children at the school

UPDATE: You can find out how this building is progressing in a more recent post

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