School Officially Reopens After Fire
8:04am 2nd October 2013
(Updated 5:58pm 2nd October 2013)
school near Bridport that was destroyed following a major fire 2 years ago, finally got to re-open its doors again today (Wednesday 2nd October).
Powerstock School made the national news, when its hall was burned to the ground in 2011.
The huge fire was blamed on an electrical fault. Teachers and pupils have been using mobile classrooms and the village hall next door for lessons ever since.
Today there was a special service held in the local church up the road, 'The rebirth of Powerstock School'. The service included the performance of two songs by the children which were written by the Assistant Head teacher Mrs Cleden, 'The Fire (Rise Again)' and 'Hold On Tight To Your Dream', a reading by the children, and significant gifts given to the school by the Bishop of Salisbury. He presented each class with a cross to display to remind them of the power of resurrection.
Then everyone walked back down to the school for a speech from John Davies, the Chair of the School Governors, before the all-important ribbon cutting. 59 children and the Bishop took their scissors to a red ribbon, cutting it at the same time as the school bell rang.
Finally, the children got to see inside this part of their school for the first time in two years. There were exclamations of excitement from the children, parents, staff and villagers!
Head teacher Jean-Paul Draper told Wessex FM they had tried to preserve the School's history in the new building, "We had this strong vision of trying to create 21st century classrooms but children were still able to reach out and touch the medieval stone of the old school, and I'm so pleased the architects have been able to do exactly that it's fantastic, it celebrates everything that's in Powerstock."