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It was the turn of the parents to attend Sgoil Sheileboist over the summer months. While staff and pupils enjoyed a well earned rest the parents met up each week to paint the external walls of the school.


Selibost School is under threat by the Comhairle’s closure bid but the community hopes it can be saved and play a role in revitalising the area.


Parent Council Chair, Gordon Cumming commented: “It is very difficult for the Comhairle to meet the costs of maintenance at the present time. This innovative and collaborative solution shows how important the school is to the community.”


Neil Campbell, Secretary of West Harris Trust said: “The school is at the centre of our plans to revitalise West Harris.


“We will shortly be submitting our Stage 1 application for the creation of six affordable house sites. Young families who have committed to living in West Harris have stressed how important Seilebost School is in making their move to the area.”


The school was transformed from a dull brown to a gleaming white ready for the pupils’ return.  


The materials were supplied by The Colour Centre and Tarbert Stores paid from Parent Council funds and supplemented by a grant from the local councillor’s ward fund.


Chair of the Parent Council summed up: “The parents have worked really, really hard, giving up their own free time and were constantly challenged by the weather and the midges.


“I think they’ve done fantastic job. It has been a great team effort with everyone getting involved, a perfect demonstration of local commitment for this excellent school.”


Parents brighten up Seilebost School              30/9/10