Headteacher’s Speech – 20th Birthday of Junior Building

Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to welcome everyone to our Birthday party to celebrate the opening of our Junior Section building in 1997.

I would like to extend a very special welcome to Mr Roger Clegg who was Headmaster when the building was opened. Welcome also to Mrs Lorna Harkins, who was Miss Jackson, and was at Beaconhurst for 22 years as Head of Nursery & Learning Support and on the Senior Leadership Team.

Today is a celebration of the past, the present and the future.

In 1997, before the building was opened, Junior classes were scattered around the campus: in portacabins, in space which is now Expressive Arts and History. The new building firmly established the Junior Section identity.

In the present day, our talented Juniors teachers, supported by the leadership of Miss McCluskey and Mrs Shaw (who between them have been part of the Beaconhurst staff for a combined 61 years – sorry ladies!) have developed a model of education recognised for those valuable, tried and tested, traditional learning and teaching methods – but combined with very modern and innovative practice. At our recent inspection, HMI noted that Junior teachers consistently employ active and engaging approaches to learning and successfully teach problem solving, team work and independent thinking. As well as being impressive in Junior age children, these are undeniably important skills for the future.

And talking of the future, our next milestone is our centenary. In January 2019 we will celebrate 100 years since the Beacon School for Girls was established. We will be partying at Stirling castle!

A bit further ahead is another important date for your diary – 4th October, 2027. This is when the Time Capsule will be opened to celebrate 30 years. The junior pupils submerged the capsule on this week as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations.

So, in the words of Magnus Magnusson when he opened the building – “Beaconhurst continues to build for the future.’’ That we do. One of our core values is ambition. Our ambition of a big future and a long history for Beaconhurst is as true today as it was then.

Before I leave you to enjoy the rest of your afternoon, I would like to make a presentation to our special Guests.

This morning at 9am in Stirling Castle the new limited edition of Monopoly, Stirling, was launched – and Beaconhurst is on the board! It is fitting that Beaconhurst is included alongside 34 other leading landmarks as a historic and iconic institution in Stirling. On this day the new Monopoly boards seem like fitting gifts. Thank you.

Enjoy the rest of your visit.

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