Wednesday, 17 June 2009
New Belmont Academy building officially opened
THE new Belmont Academy building has been officially opened by Major Sir Richard Henderson, KCVO, TD. The new £24.8 million secondary school boasts state of the art teaching facilities and new improved outdoor facilities.
[Pictured: A night for celebration as Major Sir Richard Henderson, KCVO, TD officially opened the new Belmont Academy building.]
Sir Richard said: “I was very honoured to be invited to open such a magnificent new school. Education has a major influence on a young person’s life chances. and we want South Ayrshire’s young people to experience their learning in the best educational facilities. The new Belmont Academy provides that. Schools are at the heart of our communities, so this significant redevelopment offers wider benefits to the people of Ayr.”
The guests at the official opening ceremony enjoyed a full programme of entertainment provided by talented pupils. This included performances by the symphony orchestra, the concert band, the string orchestra and the string quartet. There was a vocal solo and solo performances on the clarsach, saxophone and flute.
The new Belmont Academy is part of South Ayrshire Council’s £76 million investment programme in schools. During the last two years, schools have been completed at Monkton, Alloway and Barassie, with a new annexe completed at Kyle Academy. Councillor Hywel Davies, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said: “The major investment in schools throughout South Ayrshire is indicative of this Council’s commitment to provide strong educational foundations for all our young people. We want them to enjoy learning and teaching in modern fit for purpose facilities. The vibrant, high quality entertainment at the opening ceremony epitomised what the pupils at Belmont Academy have to offer.”
Head teacher Alan Moir said: “From February 2007 all of us in the Academy watched with increasing excitement and anticipation our new school building rise on what had been our playing fields. Now we are in full occupancy and working in the new Belmont Academy – a true learning centre for the twenty first century.
“The old school held wonderful memories for generations of Ayr’s young people, but now we have a tremendous opportunity to build new traditions and experiences for our students in this state of the art learning environment. We want to thank South Ayrshire Council for their vision and foresight, and all parties involved in giving all of us such an inspiring place to work.”
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