THE official opening of a ‘beautiful’ new school has been celebrated at a ceremony.
Berewood Primary School in Waterlooville was built to accommodate the 2,550-home development being built to the west of the town.
A member of the University of Chichester Academy Trust, the school opened in September when it took on 67 children .
Yesterday parents and members of the local community visited the school for the official opening ceremony.
The school was declared open by the Mayor of Winchester Eileen Berry with the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Reverend Christopher Foster.
An assembly was held where guests spoke about the new school, and children described the area of Berewood and how it has developed over the years.
Headteacher Sue Patrick said: ‘It’s been a wonderful week for the pioneer pupils and staff of Berewood Primary School.
‘We have been proud to welcome parents, neighbours and university colleagues to celebrate with us, as well as the amazing professionals who helped to design and build our school.
‘This is a very special day for us.
We hope that it makes real memories for our children and makes them feel part of something really special.’
Mrs Patrick said the youngsters are settling in well to their new school.
‘They are doing really well. We are really enjoying getting to know them,’ she said.
‘It’s the most beautiful building to be working in.
It’s the greatest joy to be welcoming the children to our school.
‘It’s the most exciting journey, if at times a little scary, that I have ever been on.
‘I’m proud to be the headteacher of Berewood Primary School.’
To mark the occasion, a ribbon was cut, children helped to cut a cake and they each got given a celebratory mug to mark the opening of the school.
They also had a visit from a falconer.
Sue Samson, interim chief executive officer of the University of Chichester Academy Trust, said: ‘The university and its predecessor colleges have trained teachers and worked with schools in the region for over 150 years.
‘We are delighted to have the opportunity now through our Multi-Academy Trust to develop even closer relationships with local schools.’