Isobel Duncan Building

Esther Isobel Searles, nee Duncan, 1931-2017

Isobel met Jock and Eileen Macdonald, our Chairman’s parents, at Dollar Academy and they became life-long friends. When she learned about the fledging school in 2013 she started to support the project with one-off donations and was always eager to hear updates on progress and see pictures of the children.

Shortly before she died she made a generous living legacy donation to The Uphill Trust, which allowed us to build the much needed administration building that bears her name.

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

Isobel’s son, Tim says: “I am delighted that Mum’s love of children and education will be permanently honoured, in a place where it can make a real difference. I hope to visit the school and see Mum’s building when I visit Uganda in the years to come.

The Isobel Duncan Building was completed in 2018 and painted her favourite colour – orange. Containing a staff room, offices, treatment room for the new school nurse and a shady verandah, it has quickly become the administrative hub of the school.

Adminstration blockPrimary children getting ready for a photo outside the Isobel Duncan Building in 2020

If you would like to find out how to leave a legacy to The Uphill Trust before, or after your death, please download the Leave a Legacy information sheet or talk to the the trustees.

Constructing The Isobel Duncan Building

plans for the isobel duncan buildingHead builder Waren and his tea, take a first look at the plansbuilders-drawingsDiscussing the build – with the help of local materialsadmin-block-buildDistrict Physical Planner Musana Samuel checks the foundationsadmin-foundationsPacking the foundations with hard corefoundations of isobel duncan buildingThe foundations are left to cure over the school holidaysuphill-buildersUphill Build team – local men, many with children at the schoolnew admin blockAnother blue roof at Uphill Junior School!new uphill staffroomThe staff room taking shapenew admin blockWindows and doors in place – the room on the right will be used by the school nursePower for EducationThe Isobel Duncan Building is the first school building to get an electricity supply!staff meeting in school officeCurriculum planning meeting in the director’s office (2019)school staff roomStaff room – used for meetings, staff lunches, training sessions and…ironing the kindergarten graduation gowns!


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