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Our new school - Autumn 2015

Dedication of the new building, March 2016

Bishop Libby Lane led a ceremony which took place in the grand hall, where the guests joined 480 pupils for a celebration, blessing and dedication service. Following speeches, worship songs and a lesson from Bishop Libby, the school choir sang, 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.

 

David Reid, the chairman of governors, thanked Trafford Council for its support and investment in the school. After prayers, Bishop Libby blessed the school. Pupil Amos Gillingham, aged seven, said: “It felt really special when Bishop Libby asked us to stand so that she could bless us and the school. She said that the people in the school are the most important part.”

After the service guests and the school council stood under the new flag as Bishop Libby opened the curtains to reveal the plaque, positioned by ones from 1806 and 1969 - another piece in the school’s 463 year history was in place.

 

In January 2015, former Hale vicar Libby Lane became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England. Prior to her historic appointment, she was vicar at St Peter's in Hale and St Elizabeth's in Ashley, for nearly eight years and was a governor at Bowdon Church School, leading regular assemblies for the our school community.

The changing landscape as the new school is built - September 2014 to September 2015

1st September - corner of the Y6 classroom
1st September 2014
1st September - the back carpark
1st September
10th September - the back carpark
10th September - the carpark & community classroom
16th September - moving the community classroom
16th September
 24th September - the diggers arrive
26th September
1st October
3rd October
3rd October - looking out from Y6
8th October
13th October
14th October
17th October
20th October
6th November
6th November
11th October - Y6's new window!
17th November - the steel frame starts to go up
17th November - starting with the Infant wing
18th November
19th November
20th November
20th November
20th November
21st November
21st November
24th November - the outline of the new hall
24th November
25th November
25th November
25th November
25th November
27th November - Blessing of the building
27th November
28th November -can you spot the new school?
28th November - zooming in closer
28th November
28th November - this will be our new hall

Blessing of Bowdon Church School Building Site and the Project Team - 27th November 

A blessing service was held on Thursday 27th November at 10:30am, with representatives from St. Mary's church, St. Peter's church, the building team, the school council (Y3-Y6) and the school building team (Y5 & Y6). The service was led by Rev. Preece and included: a reading from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians by Charlie and Alicia (head boy and head girl); Psalm 121 read by Mrs Martin (Headteacher) and prayers by Dr David Reid (Chair of Governors).

"Bless this site and all who will work here and all concerned with its building and design."

 

Blessing of the New Building Site

1st December
1st December
1st December
1st December
2nd December
2nd December
2nd December
8th December
8th December
8th December
8th December
8th December
8th December
9th December
9th December
9th December
9th December
11th December
11th December
11th December
11th December
11th December
Building Update 11th December 2014  Reporters: Isabel and Amy
Being on the building committee is a lot of fun and very informative. Two children from each class in years 5 and 6 have been selected for this and we go onto the site every Monday to learn more about the new school building. We have been given high visibility jackets and hard hats to ensure our safety. The building company, Willmott Dixon have worked very hard and the steel frame is already finished.
At the last building committee meeting, we met Darrell, the site manager and first aid man. He told us that they use clay rather than plastic to make drain pipes because plastic is really difficult to recycle. We also learnt that instead of using clay bricks, the builders use solid concrete because there has been a big building boom and the prices for materials has grown. From a safe distance we watched concrete being shoveled into the foundations, we noticed that every part of the builders’ bodies were covered, apart from their face, in protective clothing. Apparently concrete is dangerous if it touches your skin. For safety precautions the builders have different kinds of soap for washing themselves after some jobs.
We really enjoy being part of the building committee and can’t wait until we can sign our names on the steel frame!
15th December - preparing for the concrete floor
15th December - rainwater has to be pumped out
15th December - the access road
15th December - The School Building Safety Council
15th December
15th December
15th December
15th December - This will be our new school hall

2015 Building work

7th January
7th January
19th January
19th January
19th January
19th January
23rd January
23rd January
23rd January

Snow!

29th January
29th January
29th January
29th January
29th January

February 2015

6th February
6th February
6th February
6th February
9th February
9th February
9th February
9th February
12th February
12th February
12th February
12th February
12th February
12th February

Building team update 23/2/15

What a difference a few weeks makes!
Looking at how the internal walls are made
The supports are surprisingly light.
We can see the rooms on the ground floor.
The internal road is taking shape.

24/2/15 Signing the steel frame

25/2/15 Signing the steel frame

Y6 and Reception children walking to the site
Y6 and Reception arriving to sign the frame
Y6 and Reception children in the Y5 / Y6 area
Y6 and Reception children signing the frame
Y6 and Reception children signing the frame
Y6 and Reception children signing the frame
The top floor of the Junior wing
This will be divided into Y5 and Y6 classrooms
The new staircase near the front of school

March 2015

03/03/15
03/03/15 Looking into the hall
03/03/15 The new hall - still no walls
03/03/15 The new hall and kitchen
19/03/15 The current Y4 mobile classroom and Y5M
19/03/15 Looking from the community classroom & Y4
19/03/15 Taken from the school field
19/03/15 Taken from the school field
30/03/14
30/03/14 Building the brick walls of the new hall
30/03/14 The 'old' Y6 and the new hall
30/03/14 Hall and kitchen
30/03/14 The new access road
30/03/14
30/03/14 Looking through the 'Y6' window
30/03/14 The new Infant wing

April / May 2015

2nd April - The new Reception wing
2nd April - From the end of the infant wing
2nd April - The new yellow panels waiting to go up
2nd April - The view from by the pond
2nd April - it's quite muddy!
21st April - brickwork around the hall and kitchen
12th May - the view from the Y6 window
12th May - Hall and kitchen
12th May - view from the front carpark
17th May - taken from the Y6  IOM coach!

Taken from Google Earth, an aerial view of the two buildings side by side

10th June 2015 - 3 months to go!

Taken from Y4 mobile (end of new infant wing)
Taken from Y4 mobile (end of new infant wing)
Taken from Y4 mobile (end of new infant wing)
Taken from the field (juniors & infants)
Taken from the field (juniors & infants)
The end of the new junior wing
10th June - not long until we get to see inside!
Taken from near the pond
Can you spot the new hiding behind the old?
The new hall and entrance
The new hall and kitchen block
The internal access road
Taken from the front gate
Taken from the new entrance (Junior wing)

The new sign goes up - 30th June

A sneaky preview inside - 6th July 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015

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