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Children give lessons in school design

posted 9 Jun 2009, 04:03 by David Rintoul

Pupils from Edinburgh and West Lothian are to take part in a debate at the Scottish Parliament about school building design.

Tomorrow's event will give youngsters from St Thomas of Aquin's School and St Margaret's Academy in Livingston the chance to join architects, designers, teachers and parents to debate whether school buildings are fit for purpose and how they could be improved.

St Thomas of Aquin's School was featured in a book by Scotland's national architecture and design centre, The Lighthouse, about how to make the most of existing school buildings and new-build projects. Its buildings are designed to be welcoming to and have been praised for avoiding an institutional feel.

St Margaret's pupils will share their experiences of an ongoing Lighthouse project, Senses of Place, working with designer Lucy Mackenzie on projects to encourage outdoor teaching and the use of new technology.

The public is invited to the debate, which begins at 6pm, but spaces are limited. E-mail

Source: Evening News

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