Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Olympian opens The Space at former school

AN Olympic rowing medallist helped open a new sixth-form centre at her former school

AN Olympic rowing medallist helped open a new sixth-form centre at her former school.

Olivia Carnegie-Brown, who was in the women’s GB eight that won silver in Rio, was a guest at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham on Friday for the official unveiling of “The Space”.

The £4 million complex has a “digital learning space”, a digital library featuring earning pods, themed breakout rooms designed by the students and digitally enhanced seminar and teaching rooms to facilitate collaborative learning for sixth form students. There is also a dedicated restaurant.

The ceremony, which was attended by pupils, parents, staff and the building’s architects Lewandowski, was led by Vice-Admiral Peter Dunt, chairman of governors at the independent girls’ school. The guests gathered inside to watch Carnegie-Brown open a new cafe area called Kristoff’s at Café 6 with help from the head girl and deputy head girl. This was followed by guided tours.

Headmistress Julia Harrington said:“ We are delighted to have our chair of governors present to witness such a wonderful occasion in the life of the school and to welcome back Olivia to open our new Café 6 following her fantastic achievement at the Rio Olympics. It has been exciting to watch the project develop and I would like to say thank-you to Lewandowski, and to everyone involved in making The Space such a success. We wanted a sixth-form centre that would provide the girls with a new way of looking at their learning.

“It is a creative, without bounds, space where they can develop their own way of looking at their personal development and plan their futures from an environment that linked them to life at university and the world at work.

“The new building also needed to fit into a space which combined the boarding accommodation and its surrounding green spaces, the sports centre and the performing arts centre – living, working and fitness of body and mind.

She added: “Lewandowski took this uniformed idea and developed it into a vision that has brilliantly given us ‘the space’ that we need to achieve our aims while linking the building to the surrounding buildings and forming the heart of the school.”

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