For primary school children in Kirkmichael, love is definitely in the air – and it’s not even Valentine’s day yet!
They’ve fallen head over heels in love with their brand new school, built by South Ayrshire Council on the site of the old Kirkmichael primary school and opened on Wednesday 12 February by Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning.
Construction has taken just over a year and excited children and eager teachers have now moved to the new school from their temporary location at McCosh Hall, where lessons had been delivered during construction of the new school.
The old school building had been constructed in the 1970s and was no longer fit to meet the demands of a 21st century education – and it was decided that a new school building was the best option.
Councillor Toner said: “It was a sheer delight to see the joy on the children’s faces today as they went into the new school. This project clearly demonstrates our commitment to rural education and I am absolutely thrilled to see Kirkmichael primary school open – it really is a fantastic building.
“It is light and spacious and has been thoughtfully designed to maximise the space on the old school site, with brilliantly equipped classrooms and a superb lifelong learning facility on offer to the whole community.
“Add to that a spacious assembly and dining area, first-class games areas and changing facilities and we have an exceptional resource in the heart of Kirkmichael which will benefit the whole community, with secure access for the community to use the lifelong learning room when not in use by children.
Head Teacher Karen Butchart added: “It’s been very exciting to watch the new school being built and we are all thrilled to have moved into this fantastic building.
“The new facilities and improved opportunities offered by our new school will make a big difference for pupils, with purpose-built modern facilities that will really help us deliver Curriculum for Excellence.
“It was wonderful to see the children’s faces as they came into the school for the first time and I know we’re all going to be very happy in this great new school!”
Kirkmichael primary school is the second new rural school in South Ayrshire, constructed less than two years after the completion of Colmonell primary, which opened in 2012.
Councillor Toner continued: “Our £2.3 million investment in this new school will deliver a huge boost to learning in the local area and I hope it will become a well used and important community focal point delivering high-quality modern learning in a superb educational environment.
“Most importantly of all, the young people – and our staff – love it!”
Here is what some of the children think about the new school building:
Katie Bryan: “I feel the new school is more colourful, brighter and more comfortable to learn in.”
Aili Nelson: “The orange and grey floors are just amazing.”
Cameron Mundell: “The classrooms are more colourful and there is more space to do your work.”
Amy Hodge: “It is much bigger and much better.”
Laura Rowney: “The gym hall is the best.”
Meka Taylor: “It is modern and it has a lot of space.”
Billie-Jo Saxton: “I can’t wait to come back tomorrow.”
Katie Bryan: “I want to sleep in it!”
Becky Ferguson: “It’s more exciting to come to school.”
Kori Mullen: “The lights in the library look like colourful spaceships.”
James McGradey: “It’s a lot quieter and there is more space to find a quiet place to work.”
Aimee Gardner: “The new touchscreen whiteboards are awesome.”