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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Moderator's Name for New School

A new Glasgow primary school is to be named after a former moderator of the Kirk’s General Assembly and his wife.

The Rev John Miller is the minister of the city’s Castlemilk East Church, and served as Moderator of the General Assembly between May 2001 and May 2002. Mrs Mary Miller is heavily involved in Castlemilk community project The Jelly Piece Club, which has offered a variety of childcare, educational and social support facilities to Castlemilk families since 1975.

The new non-denominational school will be built on the site of the former St Dominic’s RC Primary, and is expected to be completed by 2007.

The new facility will unite the present Tormusk and Windlaw primaries on one campus, the name of Miller Primary having been approved by the City Council after consultation with parents and pupils linked to these schools. The new name is already being phased in, with Windlaw taking the name Miller Primary while Tormusk describes itself as Miller Annexe. It is unusual for a school to be named for a moderator of the General Assembly, particularly one who is still alive.

Commenting on the new name, the Rev John Miller said: "This is a very great honour, unlike anything that I have ever heard before. Mary and I both feel amazed and rather shy about it. And very honoured indeed."

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