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Investing in the future
Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, Sports Centre has opened its doors to a new state of the art leisure facility.
This new facility will be open to the general public and feature 37  tness stations for that complete workout. The new  tness suite operates on two  oors offering
a range of equipment from free weights and resistance machines for toning and muscle development,
to a range of cardio equipment including cycling and rowing machines, treadmills and cross trainers.
A full range of exercise classes will be on offer in the new  tness studio which includes the latest DDMIX, a full body aerobic workout based on a wide range of dance styles created by Darcy Bussell. Other classes on offer include pilates, yoga, spinning, Zumba and more.
Cranleigh School Director of Art James Nairne (left) and Adam Knibb
Planning consent has been secured for a new building for the Music Department at King’s School, Somerset, coinciding with the school’s quincentennary in 2019.
Under these proposals, a disused corner of the school site will
be transformed to create a new building for all of the school’s musical facilities, including teaching and rehearsal space,
a recital hall and industry- speci cation recording suite.
This high quality, purpose-built facility will create a space that can accommodate growing numbers of pupils, be tting the outstanding standards of music at the school, as well as offering exceptional music facilities for the Bruton community.
The Cranleigh School, Surrey, new art studios were of cially opened in a ceremony and exhibition attended by members of the whole community. The Woodyer Art Studios, named after Henry Woodyer, the School’s original architect, were opened by award winning Architect and Old Cranleighan Adam Knibb.
The Studios have been updated and refurbished, providing an excellent facility for Art, including:
six large studios with specialist provision for painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics; a separate area for Sixth Formers; two IT suites and a new photography area, complete with a traditional dark room and a lighting studio. The printmaking studio is equipped for relief printing, acid based etching, and screen-printing. A large project studio provides for
a weekly Sixth Form life-class and space for exhibitions of student work.
Edge Grove School, Hertfordshire, has announced ambitious plans to extend its current pre-
school provision following the acquisition of a local site in Church Lane, Aldenham Village. The new, state-of-the-art pre- school facility is set to open
its doors for the  rst time in
September 2017 in time for the new school year.
Extensive renovations on the former Rexton House Nursery building will be completed as the school plans to convert
the property into a dedicated pre-school facility, speci cally designed for its youngest pupils.
International focus
Staff, parents and pupils from St. James’ School, Lincolnshire, took part in their inaugural International Day.
Pupils from Nursery through to Year 13 took part in a festival of performances, presentations, dances and musical pieces to a large audience of parents, VIP guests and the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Christina McGilligan-Fell.
Following the performances the whole school had the opportunity to visit the school dining hall where parents and catering staff had prepared food from each of the continents.
They also held a baking competition which was judged by local culinary expert, Steven Bennet from the Oaklands Hall Hotel in Grimsby.
Headmaster of St. James’, Dr John Price said, “This is the  rst year that we have organised this event and it is a fantastic way for us
to celebrate all of the different nationalities that we have within the school, both with our boarding and day pupils. The performances from the pupils were exceptional and the food that was prepared
by our parents was sensational. What a brilliant way for us to come together as a whole school community. I hope that this will be the beginning of what will be an annual event at the school.”
The Rowans School, London, became truly ‘International’ during a week when each class celebrated a different child’s nationality.
The week began with all children passing through ‘airport security’ before collecting their tickets and ‘ ying’ off with Rowans Airways for their destination country.
The Languages Fair on Wednesday saw many parents and visitors sharing their home language, culture and food as they visited each classroom. A highlight of the week was when a local business also supported the event, with a sushi making class and tasting session in ‘Japan’.
Links were made with schools overseas and the children enjoyed skype calls to schools in Turkey, Italy and India as well as exchanging letters and emails with schools in Holland and France.
Stephen Hammond MP joined the School Council for an assembly to answer questions from the children about what will happen after we
leave the EU and to learn more about his job and his views on foreign affairs.
The week  nished with the children making their class’s nationality’s  ags and dressing in the costumes and/or colours. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the experience and are already looking forward
to and planning which countries can be represented next year!
The week provides a wealth of learning opportunities for children with international songs, dance
and music, whilst of course, also providing an awareness of the wider world and their place within it.
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