New primary school gets a helping hand from the Lions, the Lottery and others
Marlborough's new primary school - Marlborough St Mary's Primary - is taking shape very speedily - outside and inside. It needs to. The builders - Keir Construction - will be handing over the keys to the governors on August 14.
It is obviously a fantastic addition to Marlborough's facilities and the pupils from the two sites - junior and infants - will find an amazing space. And it needs saying once again, attention has been given to the space both inside and outside.
An education official is reported to have said that it is 'by far' the best school he has worked on. It was obviously worth the delay in getting underway to ensure the school had a single storey building - thanks to a large 'sub' from Wiltshire Council.
With about twenty pupils with complex special needs, stairs or even a lift would just not work.
As with any new institutional buildings there are necessary add-ons to be funded. The Marlborough St Mary's governors and the friends organisation are raising funds for all they are worth.
So far they have raised £37,000 towards their target of £75,000.
On Friday (June 30), a cheque for £4,799 from the Marlborough and District Lions was handed over. This will provide the new primary school with a large, state of the art flat screen and a projector for the main hall.
The Lions' Susan Lampard told marlborough.news: "We wanted to buy something that lasts - something we could sure served its purpose the best for pupils and the school. This was the perfect choice - we made an instant decision."
The Friends have won an Awards for All grant from the National Lottery. Their £9,860 will buy a portable radio station for the media room - and to travel with school trips.
Co-chair of the Friends, Catriona Taylor, is delighted to have secured this grant: "It will give pupils great experience in writing, speaking, planning teamwork - and giving them self-confidence." They hope pupils will make weekly podcasts about school life - a great way to keep parents up to speed.
Present on Friday was Martin Armitage, the College's head of ICT Support. The College are giving equipment for the media room - including PCs. Also there was Kate Cooper from Nationwide who wanted to see how they could help the school - not just in present round of fundraising, but in the longer term.
Marlborough St Mary's is obviously being seen as a new and central part of the town's community. Catriona Taylor: "This beautiful new school is just amazing. It'll be a key part of Marlborough - right in the middle of the town."
Rev Dr Janneke Blokland is leading the fundraising and they have opened a Just Giving page - for donations small and larger. They need this money to equip the library, buy new sports equipment, arrange for the lines to be drawn on the Multi Use Games Area and playing field, get new furniture for classrooms, lockers, ICT equipment and sports kit - all things that the government & council funded capital budget and the school's own annual budget cannot meet.
In the photos - Lead photo: L to r: James Kelly (Lions), Rev Dr Janneke Blokland, John Edmund (Lions), Headteacher Anne Schwodler, Susan Lampard & Linda Chapman (Lions) - & taking centre stage: the cheque
The group photo: Some of the people at the fundraising event - front row r to l: Anne Schwodler, Marlborough Mayor Councillor Mervyn Hall, Mark Thomas (Chair of Governors), Catriona Taylor (Co-chair of the Friends) Andrew Trowbridge (Governor)