CHILDREN from Steeple Claydon School welcomed a character from a much loved children’s book who came to help with an important opening last week.
Baloo the bear, from Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book, which is currently being performed at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, opened a new £50,000 multi-media centre at the school on Thursday.
Money for the new centre, which also includes an outdoor amphitheatre, came courtesy of a grant by Bucks County Council.
The multi-media centre has been created within an existing school building and includes a mini-cinema and a film-making resource.
The school has signed up to a free service, called Film Club, which helps state schools set up after-school film clubs.
The amphitheatre will be used for outdoor theatrical and musical performances by pupils and local groups, while the multi-media suite is fitted with some of the latest gadgets and will also be open to the local youth group and other schools in the area.
The amphitheatre has been sunk into a bank where the old nursery school previously stood. They were both were built during the summer holidays.
Headteacher, Becky Ellers, said the children were excited about the opening and were entertained by Baloo.
She said: “Baloo cut the ribbon and talked about what a fantastic opportunity it was to be able to do drama in such a space at such a young age.
“We took our year six pupils, who have had a small amount of training, into the media suite and they showed their parents around the equipment.”
She added the new media suite would give children in the school a chance to explore a lot of the modern technology they will be using in the future and will be exposed to in the modern world.
The pupils will be able to learn about radio work and green screen technology with lessons on how to use the new equipment being incorporated into the curriculum.
Mrs Ellers said: “We hope members of the community will use both resources as well - we are surrounded by lots of village schools. The media centre has been equipped with Apple technology.”
The school will be holding an open day on October 19.
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