Kelsie Bradley P7 (left) and Shannon Lindsay P6 (centre) and Councillor Margaret Toner (right ) unveil commemorative plaque.
The children of Kincaidston Primary School enthralled guests with an evening of musical entertainment to mark the completion of the school's new £2.5 million refurbishment programme, which has increased space in the school and enhanced it.
The completion of the work, which has transformed the school into a place fit to meet educational needs of the 21st century, marks another important chapter in the history of the school, which has 184 children.
After unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion, Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said: "When you step into Kincaidston Primary School you enter a bright, light, colourful building, which provides the ideal environment to deliver modern learning and teaching. There is a real community spirit about the school with children enthusiastic about their learning.
"Children are our future and we must give them the best education possible. The investment in this school demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that children and staff are inspired by their surroundings and that school is a positive experience for all children."
After the official opening of the newly refurbished school by Councillor Margaret Toner the Reverend Liz Crumlish, School Chaplain dedicated the school.
The guests then enjoyed musical entertainment with 'A Journey Through The Decades', with a performance by the school choir who sang We Like Joyful Music and various primary classes who sang Bye Bye Baby, Don't Stop Believing, Circle of Life, I Gotta Feeling and Happy.
The Council worked with architects, children, parents and the community to ensure that the work met the needs of the school.
The school building has undergone a transformation which includes many outstanding features such as:
- Classrooms modernised to a very high standard.
- 21st century ICT resources.
- New kitchen area.
- New STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) room.
- Open learning areas upgraded and new furniture introduced which offers a wide range of learning experiences for the children.
- The nursery classes transformed to create pleasant and fun places for the very young children to enjoy their learning.
Ian Sturgeon, Head Teacher at the school said: "I would like to express my thanks to children, parents and carers, staff and the local community for the patience, support and co-operation during the modernisation programme.
"Thanks to the significant investment by South Ayrshire Council, we have a school that meets modern teaching requirements and inspires children to learn.
"Kincaidston Primary is a school we should all be proud of and will continue to play a significant role in the Kincaidston community for many years to come.".
Here is what some of the pupils think about their modernised school:
Katey Davidson, P1/2: "I really like the new shop in the open area. It is fun to learn about money."
Emma Allan, P3: "My favourite part is the curvy wall in the open area. It is bright orange with lots of wee windows.
Rebeca Anderson, P4: "I really like the new library. It is really bright and colourful."
Rachael Muir, P5: "I love the senior open area. It has a kitchen and the lights are really bright."
Jack Lindsay, P7: "I really like the new STEM Room. We have used it a lot to make our crazy racers."