Pupils mark completion of major school makeovers
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