Monday, 8 June 2009
£2 million refurbishment completed at Muirhead Primary School
MUIRHEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL in Troon recently celebrated the completion of a £2 million refurbishment programme with a night of entertainment for invited guests, staff, parents and pupils.
The work, which has been ongoing for nearly four years, has seen the school transformed - with works including the replacement of all windows and doors, a modern infant school extension, new toilets, ceilings and floors.
In addition, the building has benefited from upgrades to all rooms, complete rewiring, a modernised kitchen, full redecoration, new pin boards, whiteboards, new curtains, new furniture and points installed in all classes to allow for the continued development of ICT.
[Pictured: South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan meets pupils at the newly refurbished Muirhead Primary School in Troon. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]
Launching the evening the evening acting head teacher Caroline Connell said: “As work on the building has progressed, I have seen many improvements and developments to the school building. This would not have happened without the support and financial backing of South Ayrshire Council for which we are very grateful.
“Ensuring 220 pupils are nurtured and learning in a stress free environment sounds like a difficult task, but with support from the contractor, staff, parents and pupils, we achieved this with relative ease.
“I would particularly like to thank the Council’s Property and Design Services, ARP Lorimer & Associates the architects and Buff Murchie and his team from Property and Design who were the on-site contractors."
Councillor Bill McIntosh, who formally opened the school said: “Mrs Connell has s given us a flavour of what the entire process entailed for staff, pupils and parents. I would like to pay tribute to everyone for their tireless efforts and their commitment throughout this period of disruption.
“This is a really good news story. The transformation of Muirhead Primary has come about through the commitment of South Ayrshire Council to the school estate.
“What we have, as a result, is yet another jewel, in South Ayrshire’s crown and goes to show what can be achieved by proper planning and clear vision.
“South Ayrshire Council is committed to the education of our young people and to ensuring that we provide them with educational facilities suitable for the 21st century.
“Over the past few years we have started to bring the new PPP schools on line - we have opened the new Monkton Primary,/ Barassie Primary,/ Prestwick Academy,/ and the Kyle Academy annexe. And next month, we celebrate the opening of the new Belmont Academy.
“We have also recently upgraded Dalmilling Primary, Struthers Primary, and Troon Primary and in 2009 we are committed to a major upgrading of Symington Primary, Kincaidston Primary and Forehill Primary.
“In addition, we have spent substantial sums of money on Marr College to ensure that it meets the educational needs of the pupils and staff Next year will see the opening of a new primary school at Colmonell and this policy of upgrading and improving is ongoing."
Staff at Muirhead Primary were commended for putting the needs of their pupils first during the refurbishment works with the acting head teacher commenting: “Staff here provide the most stimulating and rich learning experience possible.
“They always had a positive attitude towards any new development that has come along, whether physical, emotional, environmental or curricular.
“This is what education is all about. Working, growing and seeing our pupils become very confident, successful and happy learners.
“Schools set the agenda for the future not just by the content of the curriculum, but also the example they set in the environment that is provided for learning – the social environment and the built environment.
“I believe we are now at that period in Muirhead’s life that we are more than able to take all the new challenges of an ever changing society and education system with the right team, pupils, parents and staff.
“And we have the perfect building to do it all in.”
The school was dedicated by the Reverend David Harper, one of the school chaplains before pupils from Primaries 5, 6 and 7 then gave an evening of entertainment to assembled guests.
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