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Olympic Gold medalist opens school extension

Olympic kayak gold medallist Etienne Stott with pupils of class 5 at John Hellins Primary School, Potterspury in their new room.
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Olympic kayak gold medallist Etienne Stott with pupils of class 5 at John Hellins Primary School, Potterspury in their new room. 121129M-A198

OLYMPIC canoeist Etienne Stott asked children to think about their ambitions as he let every pupil at John Hellins Primary School in Potterspury near Towcester to get hands on with his Gold medal.

As a friend of a parent Mr Stott was invited to the school to help them celebrate the opening of the £370,000 school extension.

Headteacher Shelly Bramble said: “As an Olympian he’s been asked to help create a legacy for the games, and he feels the best way to do that is to visit school sand talk to children.

“He took it really serious and was just inspirational.

“He let every child touch his medal which took awhile.

“But he asked them to think about something they really wanted when it was their turn so they will remember that they can achieve their ambitions.

“A bit like how the school’s ambition to go to five classrooms and space for more children which we have achieved after two years of hardwork.”

The expansion comes as a number of housing projects in the village come on line, swelling class sizes, and the majority of the funding has come from house builders’ contributions to local infrastructure.

The school also contributed £25,000 from its capital funds towards the extension.

 

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