Pupils mark com­ple­tion of ma­jor school makeovers

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS MORAY - BY BEN HENDRY

Pupils at two Mo­ray pri­mary schools yes­ter­day cel­e­brated the com­ple­tion of mul­ti­mil­lion-pound makeovers of their build­ings.

Young­sters took cen­tre stage at both St Ger­ar­dine Pri­mary School in Lossiemouth and Seafield Pri­mary, in El­gin, by cut­ting rib­bons to sig­nify the start of a new era for each build­ing.

The pair were up­graded as part of a £17mil­lion scheme which also cre­ated more space at Ap­ple­grove in For­res and Mill­bank in Buckie.

The scheme was hailed as a way of solv­ing a loom­ing over­crowd­ing cri­sis in the re­gion.

The work at St Ger­ar­dine took two years to fin­ish and cost £4.7mil­lion.

Two class­rooms were ex­tended through the ini­tia­tive, a di­lap­i­dated nurs­ery build­ing was de­mol­ished, new boil­ers, doors and win­dows were in­stalled, and the school was fully rewired.

P7 pupils at Seafield Pri­mary treated guests to a play about the school’s his­tory to mark its re­open­ing.

The work there cost £6.4mil­lion, and in­volved a com­plete over­haul of the elec­tric and plumb­ing sys­tems, im­proved in­su­la­tion and a mix­ture of new and up­graded roof­ing.

New mod­u­lar ac­com­mo­da­tion was also added, cre­at­ing a 40-place nurs­ery and two large class­rooms for pri­mary one pupils.

Mo­ray Coun­cil’s head of schools and cur­ricu­lum de­vel­op­ment, Vivi­enne Cross, said the re­open­ing of St Ger­ar­dine and Seafield pri­maries was an imp- or­tant mile­stone for the area.

She said: “The scale of these four school projects was mas­sive, and the im­prove­ments reach far.

“Our chil­drens’ com­mu­ni­ties have ben­e­fited, and will con­tinue to do so, as a re­sult of this in­vest­ment.”

The ren­o­va­tion of the build­ings was funded by the Scot­tish Fu­tures Trust and Mo­ray Coun­cil.

Con­vener of the lo­cal au­thor­ity, James Al­lan, added: “This in­vest­ment has al­lowed a trans­for­ma­tional change, and the end re­sult has pro­vided fu­ture gen­er­a­tions with school build­ings fit for the 21st cen­tury.”

“The scale of these four school projects was mas­sive”

NEW ERA: Liam and Ava, St Ger­ar­dine Pri­mary’s old­est and youngest pupils, cut the rib­bon, watched by Coun­cil­lor James Al­lan, left, and Vivi­enne Cross, right

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