The school community of St Fergus’ Primary is to have a permanent reminder of its heritage when it moves to a new school building in spring 2017.


Work has started on the construction of the new school and the building will feature a stained glass panel which was chosen after a design competition open to all pupils.

Mhairi McDonald, head teacher of St Fergus’ Primary, said: “All the children took part and they were proud and excited that they were playing their part in making a connection between the current and the new school building.”

The winning design was illustrated by Jude Ralston, 11, whose design illustrated St Fergus, with the symbol of a dove above his head.

This represents the school’s ethos that pupils should value the gifts given by God and that they should use them well through life.

The competition runners up were Nathan McLeay, 6, and Courtney Wallace, 8.

The winning designs were chosen by Councillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, and Bishop John Keenan of the Diocese of Paisley.

Councillor Henry said: “St Fergus’ Primary School is a landmark within the Ferguslie Park area. Many people of different generations have fond memories and a strong connection with the current building.

“The panel, which will feature in the reception area, will be a prominent symbol of the school’s heritage.

“I would commend all the children who took part in the competition as the standard was very high.”

Bishop John Keenan said: “Living in Ferguslie myself, it has been impossible not to get caught up in the excitement which the plans for the new school building are creating.

“St Fergus’ Primary School has been a much loved focus of local community life and has formed not just today’s children but their parents and grandparents.

“When the children go into the new school and see St Fergus waiting on them, the people of Ferguslie will know they have something of the old school to recognise, welcome them and see their very own patron saint uniting generations and leading them confidently into a bright future.”