Lounge... and learn

Liam Catterson, Nicole White and Declan Kee outside the Learning Lounge.
Liam Catterson, Nicole White and Declan Kee outside the Learning Lounge.

TECH-savvy kids are well-served at Uplawmoor primary school.

A bright, new library and IT centre has been opened, called the Learning Lounge, on the site of the former janitor’s house within the school’s grounds.

Costing £105,000, the school made sure that the pupils were involved with the project from the start.

They kids worked with both the architects and education department staff, choosing the colours, helping shape the design and even naming the new centre.

The new IT suite contains eight PCs and two laptop computers.

Councillors Elaine Green and Paul O’Kane, the convener and vice-convener of education and equalities, were invited to perform a ribbon-cutting ceremony before pupils, parents and staff and declare the Learning Lounge open.

Councillor O’Kane said: “The children are clearly thrilled with their new library and ICT suite and everyone in the school is making full use of their facility.

“It’s also been exciting for the pupils to have been involved as early as the design stage, helping choose colours and the centre’s name – they’ve really taken ownership of it and it is very much a favourite part of the school.

“It was a pleasure to be invited along with councillor Green to officially open the Learning Lounge and see it for myself.”

Head teacher Christine Wallace confirmed that the children loved the new centre.

She said: “Pupils met the architect beforehand which gave them the opportunity to contribute to the design.

“They are delighted with their new Learning Lounge and the fact their views were taken into account.

“It is a wonderful asset for the school and will enhance the learning and teaching of our pupils.

Staff, parents and pupils are looking forward to making full use of it.

“The official opening was a big success and the pupils were a real credit to the school.”