Head Teacher Mrs Powell addressed an audience made up of the School’s governors, senior leaders and staff, members of the construction company BAM (who had organised the event), Harington’s Head Boy and Girl and Catmose College’s Head Boy and Girl.
Mrs Powell thanked everyone for coming along to this celebration of the building project, respecting the traditions of the construction industry. She said: ‘This ceremony uniquely honours the accomplishment of the construction crew and indeed the hard work of all those who have contributed to every aspect of the project, from conception to near completion.’
She went on to say: ‘Not only is this an important building for the existing Harington students and staff who took a leap of faith and started Harington as a new 16-19 free school in September 2015, but it is also important for Rutland as a symbol of the shared commitment to improve all aspects of education for the children of this beautiful county.’
With specialist, well-equipped classrooms, designed to meet every requirement of modern post 16 teaching, plus social spaces and student study and research areas, the building will be a first rate facility for existing and future Haringtonians.
Mrs Powell finished her address by saying: ‘The new surroundings will help our teachers bring out the very best in our students and be a place to showcase the academic and wider educational opportunities and achievements of the School.
I wish good luck to all Haringtonians and those associated with the School as I hand over the Headship of Harington to Mr John Harrison. I know the School’s future will be in good hands.’
Mr Harrison will replace Mrs Powell as Head of Harington in September 2016.
Guests were invited to bless the building by signing a piece of steel that will be used on one of the staircases. The ceremony was followed by refreshments at Catmose College.
See http://martinbrookes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/harington-school-construction-company.html for a recording of the occasion made by one of the guests, Councillor Martin Brookes.