On Friday 25 October the whole school and many invited guests celebrated the completion of the building work at the school … we now have a wonderful school with all work complete and no scaffolding anywhere!
Mr Dickinson welcomed councillors, the building team, council representatives, governors, special guests, teachers, staff, parents and children, including past pupils who had spent their whole time at Stanley when building work had been taking place! Mr Dickinson went on to thank everyone involved in the work that has created “wonderful facilities and a large campus to benefit all the children now and for many years to come.” He also thanked parents, children teachers and staff for their “forbearance, support and hard work”.
The children then sang a song they had created that emphasized how proud they are of Stanley.
Sir Vince Cable, MP for Twickenham, remembered his involvement in the building project over 8 years previously and congratulated the school on the buildings and facilities but highlighted the fact that “What happens inside the buildings is what really matters and here that is really excellent.”
Gareth Roberts, Leader of the Council, congratulated the school on their “achievements through adversity” and apologised for the upheaval the school community had experience, thanked them for their patience and looked forward to a year of “calm time” when they could enjoy the wonderful facilities.
Fliss Syrad, Chair of Governors at Stanley, responded saying “We are so happy to have these buildings and facilities that do justice to this wonderful school community … thank you to everyone who made it happen.”
Clare Davies, Chair of FOSP, thanked the “great Stanley Community that stuck together through the building project” and presented Mr Dickinson with a memento of the project … a piece of the rotting timber that was removed with the words “Your determination and dedication saw Stanley School children thrive and achieve despite the ‘rotten’ start to the building project.”
The Mayor of Richmond Councillor Nancy Baldwin then cut the ribbon to complete the celebrations and our guests toured the great facilities Stanley has … and sampled the cakes provided by our always supportive parents!
Thank you to everyone for the celebrations, the work that is now complete and has created wonderful facilities and the support over the 99 months of the building work.