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New JKHS Sixth Form Centre Opened By Sir Peter de la Billiere
Monday 14th November, Sir Peter de la Billiere opened
the new £750,000 Sixth Form/Adult & Community Learning
Centre at John Kyrle High School.
Nigel Griffiths, welcomed invited guests, staff, students
and Governors and gave them a tour of the new Centre.
This included visits to the new ICT suites, classroom
and large Common Room with a dining/kitchen area for John
Kyrle's two hundred Sixth Formers. Mr Griffiths also explained
how the Centre would be used to offer training facilities
and courses for adults in Ross and the surrounding area.
A new Centre Manger would soon be appointed to develop
this aspect of the school's provision.
Peter said: 'I am sure that everybody here today who has
seen this wonderful new addition to John Kyrle High School
will have been hugely impressed by it. It offers facilities
for Sixth Form and adult learners that have been much needed
at the school and in Ross for some considerable time.
of us familiar with the school will know that it is one
of a number of major building projects that have been undertaken
over the past few years. These include the tennis courts,
the Art block, the new Science labs and Technology area
plus a large number of computer suites. Nigel has told me
that the building and furnishing of this magnificent new
centre has involved the greatest amount of partnership work
and has asked me to thank all the many stakeholders who
have played a part in this.
funding for the actual building itself was the result of
much work by Herefordshire Council and the Local Education
Authority ably led by Cllr Don Rule, George Salmon and Colin
Birks. Additional required funding came from the Learning
Skills Council and our thanks go to Alan Curless and Sharon
Gray, especially, who liaised with the school.
We would also like to thank the architect, Jed Bailey and
C J Bayliss the building contractors for their outstanding
work on the project.
addition to the Council, LEA and Learning Skills council
a number of other partners worked with the school in obtaining
funding in order to provide the fantastic facilities you
see this afternoon. The school was able to obtain European
money through its work with the ARCH Project (Action for
Regenerating Communities in Herefordshire) and the input
of Jonathan Riches and Dave Tristram was absolutely paramount
here. Advantage West Midlands were also key players in allowing
the school to access funding via Market Towns Initiative
and The Ross Area Partnership. John Passmore and Toni Fagan
were particularly helpful in this regard.
number of staff at school have worked particularly hard
in both obtaining the funding and ensuring that the build
went ahead smoothly and safely, not least of which were
John Docherty, Business Manager and Bryan Jones, Site Manager.
has asked me to point out that this does not mean he doesn't
want any more money and as one project ends, another most
a serious note, we hear talk from the Government and Education
Department about the importance of collaboration and networking
and as mentioned earlier this project is a superb example
vote of thanks to Sir Peter was offered by Head Boy, Duncan
Alston. He noted how supportive Sir Peter had been of the
school. He helped launch the school's bid for Specialist
status in 2001 and had opened the new Art Block, Garden
Area and now the Sixth Form Centre. Duncan said how much
the students were enjoying the new facilities.
school will be hosting its Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday,
24th November. Students from John Kyrle and other schools
are very welcome to attend. Details available from the school
on: 01989 764358.
below at the opening are, Harriet Smith - Head Girl, Councillor
Don Rule - Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Gordon
Lucas, Sir Peter de la Billiere, Nigel Griffiths - Head
Teacher at JKHS and Duncan Alston - Head Boy.
Visit to New Rock Foundation School - A Report from Kampala
party of fourteen, which included six children and eight
adults left England on Sunday August 21st and arrived
in Entebbe at 6 am the next day. We were greeted at the
airport by our official tour bus as well as the family
of Pastor Deo Musoke - the director of the school.
a welcome!! We spent the first day getting acclimatized
to the local temperatures, smell, food and drink. Tuesday
morning we were collected promptly before 9 am and taken
to the school (in the suburbs of Kampala) contending with
the traffic which mainly consists of matatus - 14 seater
minibuses, (nose to tail, push- shove, honk honk). Quite
an experience. For most of the team this was their first
sight of the actual school and surrounding village life.
After introductions and a tour of inspection we were ready
to start work. Cleaning, painting both inside and outside
buildings, reconstruction of the tin sheet perimeter fence
followed by yet more painting.
original school in August 2002.
three days we all worked from about 9.30 am to 5 pm to transform
the look of the school ready for the official opening on
the Saturday. The local Africans were amazed at how we worked
- they thought white people did not like to get their hands
dirty but working together, we achieved much in understanding
each other better.
Opening Day started about 10 am with a parade led by a local
brass band, all round the village of Kabowa ending up in
a field where we played games with an ever-increasing number
of children. We returned to the school for lunch and the
official ceremony that began with traditional dances and
sketches by the pupils of New Rock Foundation School. These
were followed by speeches and presentations made to all
of us from Herefordshire. The Government Minister for Sport
and Education, who was supposed to cut the ribbon was unable
to make the ceremony so our very own John & Sue Gasston
had the honour. An exhausting day which finished about 5.30
the second week we had more of a rest and visited the Queen
Elizabeth Safari Park where we saw elephants, hippos, crocodiles,
Ugandan cob, water buffalo and many types of birds.
final day was spent relaxing at a swimming pool by Lake
Victoria in the glorious sunshine under a clear blue African
sky - bliss!
more information come and join us on Saturday November 19th
at the Ryefield Centre, 7 pm, where you can enjoy African
style food, meet the team, see the pictures and hear our
first hand reports. Special guests include Pastor Margaret
Musungu from the Miracle Centre Church, Kampala and Ms Liz
Humphries from the Ssesse Islands in Lake Victoria.
new school - hall and new block. August 2005. The playground is
where the old school was sited.
Breast Cancer Charity Day
charity day in aid of the Charles Renton Breast Care Unit,
Hereford was held at Ross Baptist Church on Saturday,
November 12th and was a magnificent success, raising a
huge amount of money - around £900.
manning the fascinating and varied stalls enjoyed brisk
trade. Mrs Joyce Thomas M.B.E., organizer said, 'I am
overwhelmed by the generosity and goodwill of everyone
who supported so generously our very successful day when
we raised around £900 for the Charles Renton Oncology
Unit. My sincere gratitude goes to everyone who supported
us in any way. We have raised thousands of pounds through
the generosity of the people of Ross-on-Wye and District.
We have been able to purchase much needed equipment which
has benefited local people. Very special thanks go to
the wonderful, hardworking team I work with and to Ross
Baptist Church for allowing us to use the facilities there.'
below, on Saturday before the doors were opened are organizers,
Rose Dean, Wendy Humphries, Roma Watson, Derek Wolf, Ann
Eichhorn, Bettie Gwatkin, Shirley Wolf, Joyce Thomas Gordon
Lucas and Doreen Wolf.
Fish out of Water
Art Society present, 'Fish out of Water' at Godric Hall,
Goodrich on Wednesday, 23rd to Saturday, 26th November.
Fish out of Water is a comedy by Derek Benfield and the
action takes place in a sun-drenched hotel on the Italian
Riviera, at the height of the summer season.
will be served in the hall during the interval and on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday there will also be a licensed
Arts Society would like to welcome their newest member,
Tim Morris. Fish out of Water will be his first production
and the Society hope that it is the first of many.
below are the cast of the show, Anne Stirrup as Audrey
Hubback, Jackie Doubtfire as Marisa, Ron Tubb as Brigadier
Hubback, Diana Tubb as Agatha Hepworth, Barbara Isle as
Fiona Francis, Tim Morris as Julian Whittle and Glen Cawdeary
as Mario Marcello.
to the performance cost £5.00, with concessions
(£4.50) available on Wednesday and are available
from Goodrich Post Office or by calling Tony Lee on 01600
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