On 8 November 2017, Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh sponsored an event at the Scottish Parliament with dignitaries and visitors to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of Newbattle Abbey College. Guests included John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland and the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, who cut the birthday cake.
The event also recognised the efforts of the current principal, Ann Southwood over the past two decades. This year, Ms Southwood will be retiring and will then be succeeded by Marian Docherty, the current deputy principal.
In his speech, Mr Beattie stated,
‘I appreciate Newbattle’s motto: Sero Sed Serio, or ‘Late but in earnest.’ I believe it truly embodies those at Newbattle and their attitude towards learning and life.
‘Through Ann’s involvement, Newbattle has been established as ‘Scotland’s Life-Changing College.’ During her years at Newbattle, she has wholeheartedly been committed to achieving the best results for her staff and students. I wish Ann a long and healthy retirement and welcome Marian Docherty onto the hot seat.
‘That being said, happy anniversary, Newbattle. Thank you for the work and impact you’ve had in our community for the past eighty years, and here’s to eighty more.’