Academy is flying the flag for sport

Lenzie Academy flag
Lenzie Academy flag

Lenzie Academy is proudly flying its Gold Status Sportscotland flag on a brand new flagpole donated to the school by one of the council’s building contractors, Lendlease.

The school made Gold Status a few months ago in recognition of its commitment to sport and physical fitness and has since received a flag in honour of the achievement.

It is now flying high on its new pole outside the PE area thanks to Lendlease, who are currently building the new school to replace Lenzie Primary and Lenzie Moss Primary.

Lenzie Academy head teacher Brian Paterson said: “We were thrilled to achieve Gold Status with Sportscotland, which is a wonderful achievement for our staff and pupils.

“Through discussion at our Parent Council it was agreed that they would approach Lendlease to ask if they would donate a flagpole when we received our flag and they were more than happy to help out.

“The flag is a constant reminder of the importance of sport and fitness and I’d like to thank Lendlease for their kind donation.”

A spokesperson for Lendlease said: “We are delighted to support the local community in particular Lenzie Academy.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to Hub West Scotland we aim to work in partnership with local councils, delivering lasting legacy for the communities we operate in.”

East Dunbartonshire Council leader, Councillor Rhondda Geekie, was joined at the flag raising ceremony by Education Convener, Councillor Eric Gotts and local Councillor Gillian Renwick.

Councillor Geekie said: “We are always keen to work with our building partners to ensure that the construction of a new school is a learning experience for the pupils.

“They are taught about site safety, the building process, associated careers and much more. Providing this flagpole to the nearby secondary school is a welcome addition to that.”

The Gold Status awards recognise a commitment to develop links between school sport and the wider sporting community, building on the the legacy of the Commonwealth Games. Lenzie Academy was judged to be excellent in its delivery of physical education and school sport.