Even though we had already moved into our new building in January we officially opened our new school on March the 10th.
As our invited guests arrived, a team of year 6 children acted as tour guides to show off our new school. The general thought and comments were ‘wow, what an amazing learning environment and fabulous building’.
Steve Battishill, the previous Headteacher, then did the official unveiling of the plaque in front of the children, staff and invited guests. He talked about the journey involved in reaching this stage and gave thanks to all the parties involved in creating our wonderful new building.
We all then went into the hall where the children sang and spoke about what they liked best of the new school. Wayne Roberts (current Headteacher) then said a few words talking about the memories from the old building and the creation of new memories as we move into the future.
It was then presentation time, a way for the school to say thank you to all involved in the process. Julian Lightfoot (a school governor) had drawn a picture of the new school which was personalised, copied and framed and presented to Colin Eversden from Dorset CC and Jon Daines from Morgan Sindall. We presented a tree to Ian Ventham from the Parish Council, so it could grow alongside the children. As a thank you to Julian Lightfoot for all his support we presented him a framed collage of the building being built. Finally we gave Vikki Mayo (Chair of Governors) a framed picture and a box filled with children’s thoughts of the new school in recognition of all the hard work she has put in over the years.
Finally the children sang again and made their way back to their classrooms.
Invited guests then stayed for a buffet and drinks which were organised by the governing body.
On a personal note I would like to thank everybody involved in the process, the Governing Body of the school, The Parish Council, Dorset CC and Morgan Sindall. I was very lucky to come in on the exciting stage of the project i.e. the build when everything had been decided and agreed, and of course I have the privilege of being its first Headteacher. I am looking forward to taking the new school into the future working closely with the local community and making sure it is a school we can all be proud of.