Ivor Goodsite visits Sorn
Pupils at Sorn Primary School received a surprise visit from Ivor Goodsite at a recent trip to see progress on their school.
The giant mascot joined them to celebrate the completion of improvements to the historic school clock tower as part of a £1.1 million refurbishment programme.
Ivor, who is the mascot for the Considerate Contructors Scheme, was invited along by local building services company James Frew, who are principal contractors on the project.
They painstakingly rebuilt the clock tower and undertook a comprehensive programme of structural improvements to the school, along with internal alterations including a revised floor plan reducing the classrooms from four to three to allow additional space for a library/resource room and toilets.
The new layout also features a general office to the front of the school with a separate headteacher's office and a staff room.
Following his visit to see the clock tower, Ivor and site supervisor Paul Kilmarnock gave a presentation at school assembly showing how the refurbishment has progressed from early drawings to the finishing stages. Ivor also helped demonstrate the dangers of construction sites and gave out treats to the children.
Paul said: "The children seemed to love Ivor and having him there helped us to explain why they should never play near construction sites in a way that really caught their attention. "
Pupils will be moving back to the school from Auchinleck Primary in August 2012.
James Frew joined the Considerate Constructors Scheme in 2011. Launched in 1997 to improve the industry's image, the CCS is a national initiative designed to promote best practice beyond that required by law on building sites and construction projects.
Companies who register commit to being considerate and good neighbours, as well as clean, respectful, safe, environmentally conscious, responsible and accountable.
James Frew Managing Director Roddy Frew said: "We are very proud of the work we have done to restore this beautiful village school to its former glory, while at the same time trying to ensure as little disruption as possible to local people during the build.
"We are all looking forward to seeing the school open its doors to its pupils again later this year."