The gates at North Bute Primary in Port Bannatyne were thrown open to the public on Sunday afternoon to allow family and friends of the school the chance to see improvements made to its facilities during the summer.
As we’ve reported in The Buteman, the school playground was the scene of much activity during the six-week break from classes, with janitor David Martin being joined by pupils, parents, family members and Port Bannatyne residents for the job of breathing new life into the playground.
Fences - made using timber from the community-owned Bute Forest at Rhubodach - have been erected and painted around the playground, creating separate play spaces away from the main active area and ensuring children who want to sit quietly during break times don’t get in the way of those keen to play football or other energetic games.
There’s also a ‘family tree’, painted on one wall by local artist Jessica Herriot, where, in return for a £2 donation to the school, former North Bute pupils can have their names added to one of the leaves.
Sunday’s open afternoon also included a bric-a-brac stall, teas and coffees, delicious burgers and the sale of vegetables grown in the school garden at Bruoc Manse in Marine Place.