A NEW school and nursery has received a special blessing from the Bishop of Newcastle yesterday.
The Right Reverend Martin Wharton visited Dame Allan’s new Junior School and nursery at Hunter’s Moor, Newcastle, which opened its doors to pupils earlier this month.
Ten-year-olds Ria Barber from Gosforth, Newcastle, and Charlie Trim from Newton, near Corbridge, Northumberland, greeted the bishop and presented him with the official history of Dame Allan’s Schools.
The bishop then led a blessing service for the older children in the main hall, accompanied by the principal, Dr John Hind and head of the Junior School, Andrew Edge.
The bishop went on to meet the younger boys and girls in the school’s Early Years department, where he saw them enjoying lessons and their own play areas inside and out.
He said: “Dame Allan’s Schools have been serving the city of Newcastle for more than twice as long as there have been Bishops of Newcastle and it’s a privilege to be invited to open these wonderful and exciting new buildings and grounds.
“Nurturing children in mind, body and spirit is a God-given task – Dame Allan’s has been blessed and been a blessing to many over three centuries, and I pray today that its work will continue far into the future.”
After a tour of more of the six-acre site, where the older pupils were taking part in netball and rugby lessons, the Bishop met more children in the classrooms and in the open-plan library.
His visit concluded with a formal blessing of the school, which was attended by staff, governors and invited guests.
Dr Hind said: “This has been a wonderful way to celebrate the start of the next chapter in the life of the schools.
“When the schools moved to the main site in Fenham in 1935, the then Bishop of Newcastle blessed their endeavours, so I am very grateful to Bishop Martin for continuing this tradition. This new school has been carefully designed to provide the best learning environment possible for our pupils and I am looking forward to seeing these children progress.”
He added: “I am confident that their enthusiasm and laughter means that we have successfully implanted our ethos that learning should be fun.”