On Friday 22 January, the Right Reverend Bishop Terence Drainey visited St Mary’s RC Primary School in Richmond to bless the new Year 6 classroom which has just been completed. The classroom extension, designed by Harris Irwin, features brand new equipment including an interactive TV and a covered veranda area.
Year 6 pupils welcomed Bishop Drainey and helped to lead the Blessing ceremony with a reading and prayers. The Bishop then led the children into their new room and blessed it with holy water. The children were delighted to be able to show off their new classroom and were joined by governors and parents who were proudly shown around the new facilities by the pupils.
Head Teacher Miss Collins said, “The children have been so patient over the last term having to use the main hall as their classroom but they are so excited to move into their new room. It is great to be able to have the class attached to the main building so that the children don’t have to go outside to get into the temporary classroom unit.”
The school had been using a temporary classroom unit for a number of years and pupils had to go outside of the main building to access their classroom. The new classroom now facilitates greater access to the rest of the school whilst keeping the Year 6 pupils out of the elements.
Bishop Drainey said that “it has been lovely to see the children so enthusiastic about their new facilities and it is a joy to be able to bless them and their future studies in the new classroom. It is such a positive addition to the school.”
The new facilities also include a dedicated teachers' room for planning and preparation work as well as a new meeting room which can be used for cooking activities and after-school care.