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Official opening of The Vink Centre
The school was proud to welcome guests on Thursday 2 May 2019 for the official opening of the new Sports Hall which has been named The Vink Centre. Martin Vink has been a governor at the school for 21 years and Mr Danielsen said that there was no question about this name being chosen because, “It is a credit to all of the hard work he has put in. We are really going to miss Martin as a governor. He is unbelievably helpful and has such attention to detail.” Martin was key in gaining funding for the Hall and suggested the impressive curved roof.
Four generations of the Vink family attended the celebration which included introductory music from Toby Daines and Seamus Scully. Emmanuel Webb started formal proceedings with an outstanding recital of Czardas by Vittorio Monti. Martin Vink thanked all of those involved in the building process including Mr Danielsen, the school finance team of Mrs Wilson and Mrs Gore, his governor colleagues, Ingleton Wood and Beardwell Construction. In his speech, he said, “Together, we have achieved something the school can rightly be proud of which will give current and future students amazing new opportunities.”
The students from 8CS provided tours for the visitors, including previous staff and two previous Headteachers, Lesley Lee and Jean Byers. A new archive display in the school was popular with guests to share their memories with the students. The main event of the afternoon was the cutting of the ribbon and unveiling of a plaque to record details of the official opening. Martin Vink emphasised the opportunities provided by the new building, “Sport requires effort and application. It sets personal challenges but can give so much, whether it is the health benefits of being fit, achieving individual goals, learning how to work in teams, as well as providing friendships and, through sports clubs, support.” This effort and teamwork was very much in evidence as students from the upper school staged a showcase netball match to demonstrate the Hall in action.
The event concluded with guests gathering for an afternoon tea to reflect on the past and celebrate the start in another chapter of school life. Mr Danielsen described the building as a “credit to everyone who works here or has worked here. It is a legacy of everybody over the years.”