Thursday, 26 March 2009
Provost Winifred Sloan officially opens Barassie Primary School
BARASSIE Primary School officially opened on Wednesday 25 March 2008 and marks the latest milestone in South Ayrshire’s £76 million schools programme.
[Pictured: Provost Winifred Sloan (centre) is pictured next to the plaque that she unveiled to mark the official opening of the new Barassie Primary School with Colin Purdie, P7 (left) and Rebekah Loy, P6 (right).
The new £8 million primary and nursery school, built on the site of the old primary, includes ICT provision, physical education facilities and environmental space, and was officially opened by Provost Winifred Sloan.
The Lifelong Learning facilities will also be available for use by all members of the community.
Provost Sloan said: “This is an exciting day for the 245 pupils, our teaching staff and members of the local community. It marks another milestone towards completion of our ambitious schools programme in South Ayrshire.
“We are focused on providing better and improved facilities to enable our young people to become successful, confident, responsible citizens as set out in Curriculum for Excellence, Scotland's new curriculum for children and young people aged 3 to 18. Central to this is to give them the best possible place to learn, and Barassie Primary now does that.
“The pupils and staff have a purpose-built, bright, modern building that meets their needs. The facilities are outstanding, not just for the children, but will also bring new services to the wider community.”
Barassie Primary is the 4th school building to be completed as part of South Ayrshire Council’s multi-million schools programmes.
During the last two years schools have been completed at Monkton, Alloway and Barassie, and a new annexe completed at Kyle Academy. A total of 3,896 primary and secondary children are now enjoying new school facilities.
Later this year the programme will be completed with the official opening of Belmont Academy in June and Prestwick Academy in the autumn.
Provost Sloan was joined by a number of guests at the official opening ceremony who enjoyed a full programme of entertainment which included Pipers and Drummers, the Barassie Choir, the mixed dance team, the school’s brass group, percussion group, choral speaking, a fiddle selection and Fitba’ Crazy.
[Pictured at the official opening of the new Barassie Primary School are Provost Winifred Sloan, Councillors, Officers, representatives of companies involved in the building and invited guests. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
Head teacher Shendl Harvey said: “The facilities provided in the new Barassie Primary School are outstanding, and will enable the school to carry forward the excellent record of learning and teaching that the school has been recognised for over many years.
“With the continued help, support and commitment of the Council, parents and staff, the new school building will help our pupils to grow and develop the skills and strengths needed to meet the ever changing demands of a developing society.
“This truly is a learning centre for the 21st century which will serve current and future pupils and the wider community of Barassie well for many years to come.”
South Ayrshire Council
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