Monday, 25 November 2013
South Ayrshire Council celebrates Braehead Primary School modernisation
Christmas has come early in North Ayr as pupils, parents, staff and local councillors celebrated the completion of a £3.2 million refurbishment programme at Braehead Primary School.
The work has transformed the school into a place fit to meet educational needs of the 21st century, and marks another important chapter in the history of the school, which has 157 pupils and 40 nursery children.
From the start, the Council worked with architects, pupils, parents and the community to ensure that the work met the needs of the school and outstanding features include:
• An all-weather multi-use games area
• Fully modernised gymnasium
• Re-designed kitchen and dining area
• Superb new art room
• Redesigned and more accessible main entrance
• Exterior hard and soft landscaping, including an amphitheatre seating area.
And the festive cheer was in full flow as the pupils put on a special show to mark the occasion, with Councillor Margeret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the official opening,
Councillor Toner said: “Educating our next generation is a big priority for South Ayrshire Council and we believe the best way to get today’s pupils fit for tomorrow’s world, is to create bright, inspiring and creative spaces in they can learn and interact with their peers, teachers and the wider community.
“The £3.2 million project at Braehead has created just that, and is a fantastic transformation marking our commitment to ensuring our school buildings provide first-class facilities for pupils and staff so they can benefit from the best possible education experience.”
After the official opening of the extension Mr Ian Gall, School Chaplain dedicated the school, before pupils took to the stage for an evening with a Commonwealth theme – which included Indian dancing, African drumming and even a Highland Fling!
Guests were then treated to a special video presentation on what the newly refurbished school meant to them, finishing the film with their new school song ‘What I Am’.
Sandra Campbell, Head Teacher said: “The school has been transformed to the highest possible standards, and this will have a positive and lasting impact on the whole school community.
“Our children particularly enjoy the fantastic all-weather games facility for a variety of purposes, and our amazing art room is the most inspirational room in the school.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the architects and contractors for all their hard work and I’d also like say a huge thank-you to all staff, parents, carers, young people and the wider community for their patience, support and co-operation throughout this wonderful project.”
Councillor Toner concluded: “We enjoyed a superb evening of fun entertainment and the excitement on the pupils’ faces was clear to see – and that’s before the excitement of Christmas has started!
“It was a pleasure to officially mark the completion of these refurbishment works and I’m sure the new facilities at Braehead will help motivate and inspire the next generation of learners.
“I hope the present pupils will build on the successes of pupils past, as they – and the whole community – look forward to a future of successful learning at Braehead primary school.”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.