Pupils wired for sound with £3k PA system
A STATE-of-the art sound system worth £3,000 is being installed at a Barrhead school.
The new equipment at St John's Primary will be used for events such as concerts, shows and assemblies, and is being made possible thanks to a grant from the local area forum.
The community will also benefit under plans to allow use of the PA system to groups after hours.
Councillor Kenny Hay, chairman of the forum, said: "Although the award has been formally given to the school, we are working to make sure that community groups and clubs will have access to the PA system so as many people as possible can benefit from the investment."
The system, which will replace the existing old equipment, will include microphones, speakers and amplifiers. Councillor Hay said: "The kids often entertain elderly groups from local care homes but some of the older residents were struggling to hear the shows with the older system, but this new equipment should resolve that problem.
"Hopefully the kids can brighten up the days of some of the town's elderly residents."
The decision has also been welcomed by the school's parent council.
Its delighted chairwoman Marie Canning said: "The existing system is old, redundant and the quality of sound is poor.
"The new sound system will bring great benefits to the school, the children, the parents and the wider community by being used almost on a daily basis at school assemblies, school shows, concerts, parties and a host of other school events including fundraisers."
St John's Primary is also one of the most active schools in Barrhead when it comes to amateur dramatics, and the system is expected to vastly improve its performances.
Mrs Canning said: "The school hosts school shows on an bi-annual basis and invites members of the community to special performances, including residents of Millview and Norwood Nursing Homes and children from the two local nurseries.
To be able to hear the performances properly will be a real delight."
This article appeared in Barrhead News 18 Oct 12