Enhanced facilities for New Forest primary school
Friday, 20 July 2012
The sights and sounds of summer were evident at one New Forest school this week despite the unseasonal rain.
Cream teas and the sounds of jazz, classical and contemporary music were the order of the day at St Luke's Primary school in Sway to celebrate the official opening of the purpose-built music room and library.
The works, costing around £465,000, were funded in the main by Hampshire County Council (£400,000) with the remaining £65,000 coming from the school.
As well as the construction of a new music room and library to replace a temporary building which was in poor condition, the works at the school in Westbeams Road also included an enhanced main entrance and office area as well as refurbishments to the headteacher's office and a planning room used by the teaching staff. The design also included a separate area for parents to drop off and collect their children from.
Performing the official opening was Hampshire County Council Leader, Councillor Ken Thornber, pictured below with pupils looking on as he cut the ribbon.
He said: "I am very pleased we were able to provide this wonderful facility for the children and staff at St Lukes. It is marvellous to have been here today and to have listened to the children play so beautifully . It is clear having this purpose-built music room and the library extension has been a welcome addition to the school enhancing the teaching and learning experience for both staff and pupils. The County Council is committed to ensuring all children in Hampshire have the very best educational opportunities."
Acting headteacher Michelle Hale added: "The exciting new extension offers fantastic facilities for the children at St Luke's. The music room is also used for the school's breakfast and after school club. The school PTA, FOSLSS (Friends of St Luke's School Sway) have worked incredibly hard to raise additional funds for the project, by organising events including 'Musicalia', a cello concert at St Luke's Church, a Firework night, film night and discos. The new rooms provide wonderful benefits for the children and staff and everyone is really enjoying the new facilities."
Following the official opening the new extension was blessed by the Bishop of Southampton, Bishop Jonathan Frost.