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Even Darth Vader could not stop Edinburgh’s Lord Provost George Grubb from getting to grips with a laptop which is part of Echline Primary School’s new computer suite.

Both George and his wife Elizabeth, the Lady Provost, were on hand last Wednesday to open the new ICT resource for its pupils.

As the suite was launched to the soundtrack of 2001 Space Odyssey, pupils, staff and parents got the opportunity to see at first hand the spectacular resource.

Echline’s new computer suite provides pupils with access to technology in an environment usually only found in secondary schools. This project would not have been possible without the help and support of Norland Managed Services, one of the council’s major contractors, who provided free labour and quality materials to enable the school to create the new state-of-the-art computer suite.

Patricia Stefanovic, Echline’s business manager said: “With the squeeze on school budgets becoming ever tighter we have to find new ways of working in partnership with the local community and with the private sector, so that we can continue to provide quality resources for our pupils.

“The creation of the new computer suite was a significant capital investment for the school and we could not have achieved this alone. We are delighted with the result and believe strongly that all pupils should have access to a quality ICT environment that will enable them to learn the skills so vital to them in the future.”

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