Laxdale School extension gets its official opening

At the official opening ceremony of the new Laxdale Primary extension.
At the official opening ceremony of the new Laxdale Primary extension.

The official opening of the £1.9M Laxdale Primary School extension and alteration has taken place.

The project has provided two brand new pre-school playrooms, a gym and assembly hall, a new canteen and dining area and external improvement works.

The new nursery area at the school.

The new nursery area at the school.

The project was designed and delivered by the Comhairle’s in-house Building Projects team and construction work, which has been ongoing since June 2018, was carried out by O’Mac Construction Ltd.

Leader of the Comhairle, Cllr Roddie Mackay said: “The Comhairle is working to improve all schools throughout the Western Isles, through an estate upgrade and also the expansion of early years, with all schools being taken out of category C and made into category B schools, and most schools being refurbished or planned to be over the next while. I am very pleased to see this extension completed to a high standard.”

Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of Education, Sport and Children’s Services, added: “The pupils and staff of the school will reap the benefits of this fantastic facility for many years and I am particularly pleased that the nursery class will begin in the school in the next term.

“The Comhairle remains committed to providing our pupils with the best possible facilities in order to enhance and develop their learning opportunities.”

The bright new canteen area for the pupils.

The bright new canteen area for the pupils.

Commenting at the short ceremony which took place to mark the occasion, Margaret Joan Macleod, GM1 teacher, who has worked in the school for 28 years said: “When I started in Laxdale School there was no library, there was no room for the Nursery and Sgoil Àraich, no proper gym and the cafeteria was a canteen in a hut.

“We are very fortunate to be part of a Local Authority that listens to us and ensures that pupils are educated in the best of buildings with the best of facilities.

“It is because they care about our pupils that we have this wonderful extension to our school.”