Today saw the official opening of our Upper KS2 Hub, with parents and guests joining us to mark the occasion. Unfortunately, the weather let us down, and as it was raining we all gathered in the hall to start the proceedings. Members of both Year 5 and 6 welcomed our guests and said a little about how the classrooms came to be, and what they mean to everyone at school. It was a chance to celebrate the fact that we now have these fantastic rooms, and also an opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make them a reality. Without the help of Mr Batten and Mr Etherington working across the summer to remove fences and knock down walls the classrooms couldn’t have even been put in place. The work of Mr Thomas, our electrician for the contract, and Mr Breheny, who called in favours and gave his time generously to make sure we had steps and ramps to get in and out of the building was acknowledged, and we are all very grateful for all of their hard work.
Once the speeches had been delivered in the hall, we moved to the classrooms where Jai had the honour of cutting the ribbon with Councillor Harrison of Lamesley Parish Council. Jai was so keen we didn’t even get a photograph! We then moved into the building where Robbie and Emily were given the honour of officially declaring the Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms open for business with Councillor Hood from Gateshead Council.
With the formalities out of the way it was time to allow all of the parents and families into the classrooms to see what all of the fuss was about. It was a chance to see where the children worked, and also look at some of the work on the walls that demonstrate how the building is being put to good use. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the children as they showed their families around, and it was also nice to be able to share a cup of tea and reflect on all of the hard work that has gone into this major development for the school.
It has all been worth it in the end, and I am sure that the building will go on to serve the school, and the community, well for many years to come.