Silver Springs celebrates official opening
Tuesday 19th July 2016 08:03 Community News Stalybridge Posted by Nigel Skinner

Silver Springs Primary Academy celebrated the official opening of its new school building on Friday.

In an hour-long ceremony, the Stalybridge school’s choir serenaded the special guests, parents and members of the community in attendance with an array of songs including True Colours,
Skyfall and Consider Yourself.

Chair of governors Tony Powell and head teacher Deborah Mason spoke of the journey Silver Springs had been on and what the future holds for the school.

A commemorative plaque was then unveiled by local MP Jonathan Reynolds and long-serving member of staff Stella McCann.

Speaking before the event, Mr Powell said the building is a fantastic community facility as well as a state-of-the-art school building.

“We’ve got a building that is inspiring and that motivates young people to want to learn and want to come to school,” he said.

“It’s a part of the community. It’s not just a school; it’s a community resource as well.

“It’s a place and a space which is available for people in the community to use, so it’s going to have even more of an impact.”

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After officially opening the school at the end of the ceremony, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: “I’m feeling absolutely elated. I know the school well and I know this area well and I’ve had big aspirations for what the new school building will look like, but it’s exceeded all of those.

“To see the kids today so happy and so lively was wonderful, they’ve had a brilliant time, it’s a brilliant place and I feel so full of hope for the future.”

Jonathan also paid special tribute to Stella, who opened the school alongside him.

“Stella is someone who has been involved with this school for three decades.

“She has seen generations come and go, has seen an old school built, an old school come down and now a new school come up.

“It’s a massive privilege to be able to say thank you to her, to give the chance for the school to say thank you to her, to open the school with her and for her to have her name on the plaque too.”

Reflecting on a special day for her school, head teacher Deborah Mason’s overwhelming emotion was one of pride.

“I’m so proud of the child-ren,” she said.

“I think the children’s happiness and their singing really made the occasion what it was.

“They’ve gone through so much during the time the new building has been built, like having no playground.

“It’s been 18 months of really hard work and it’s brilliant to see that everyone is so happy with the building. It’s the beginning of our future at Silver Springs.”

The ceremony was followed by the Silver Springs’ summer fair with lots of stalls that were designed and then run by the children.

All money raised at the summer fair was donated to Macmillan in memory of much-loved teaching assistant, Mrs Wild, whom the school recently lost.