Monday, 16 June 2008
Councillor Hugh Hunter opens new Monkton Primary School
THE new Monkton Primary School, which cost £4.97 million pounds and was built as part of South Ayrshire Council’s ambitious £76 million Public Private Partnership (PPP) project, has been officially opened by Councillor Hugh Hunter (pictured below), the Leader of South Ayrshire Council.
The original Monkton Primary School was built in 1850, an extension was added in 1954 and for many years the school served the surrounding community well.
All 104 P1 to P7 pupils, 21 nursery class members and school staff have now settled into their new school. To mark the occasion, a formal opening was held, where Councillor Hunter officially opened the school in front of invited guests that included pupils, members of the local community, school staff, Councillors, representatives from PPP project partners.
After Councillor Hugh Hunter unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion, he said: “The new Monkton Primary School will raise educational standards and promote equality and good citizenship for all pupils.
“Schools are at the heart of our communities and our children deserve the best start in life that we can give them. The new school will make a real difference to the pupils, staff, parents and carers.
“The facilities within the school are outstanding, but it is the pupils and staff that put the heart into any school. The way the children performed and then showed guests around the school clearly demonstrated the high standards that exist within the school, every child was a credit to their school.
“Monkton Primary School is a fine example to us all and it will provide an outstanding rounded education for young children from Monkton and the surrounding area for many years to come.”
The official opening of the school was a community celebration that gave the pupils and nursery class members an opportunity to display their many and varied talents. A video message from the Reverend Arthur Christie, the School Chaplain was shown. Then the school was filled with the sound of music and applause as guests were treated to a range of entertainment that included singing, dancing, and a clarinet duet. As Monkton Primary School is a feeder school for Prestwick Academy a group of former pupils returned to the school and gave a flute recital along with some current pupils.
The ongoing PPP project by the Council involves the construction of new primary schools at Barassie, Alloway and Monkton, new secondary schools at Belmont and Prestwick and an annexe to Kyle Academy. The PPP project has embraced the Council’s vision of new schools that are well designed, built to a high specification and managed by high quality staff. The schools will support the educational demands of the present and those of the future. The new school has increased learning and leisure facilities inside the school and created additional multi purpose outdoor space.
Speaking after the opening, head teacher Maria McIntosh said: “I am very proud of the way in which the pupils, nursery class children and etaff have quickly adapted to their new school environment. The bright colours, natural light, superb sports and dining hall, the layout of the nursery and class bases, each with their own individual garden, all contribute to a very unique and stimulating learning environment. The new school has also made it possible for parents and carers of our pupils to become more involved in the activities within the school, which can only be of benefit to the children.”
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