Greendown Community School’s success in becoming a specialist maths, computing and sports college was launched at an after-school party on 12 October with live music, fun fair, a penalty shoot out and face painting.
The first half of the celebration took place on 20 July, but the community fun activities had to be cancelled because of monsoon rains.
Over the last six months £100,000 has been spent on creating an independent learning centre, a high tech fitness suite and installing inter-active white boards throughout the school.
As part of specialist school aims, computers will be installed in the community cafes at Toothill and Freshbrook Community Centres and at George Tweed sheltered housing in Shaw. Pupils will help train users.
Former headteacher Steve O’Sullivan, returning to take part in the celebrations said he was delighted with Greendown’s specialist status. “A lot of people have put in a tremendous amount of hard work to get this far. We deliberately went for the maths, computing and sports combination because they cover key areas in children’s education and of course their future employment options.”
Greendown has been financially backed by Swindon companies npower, Hoctief and Alcatel-Lucent.
Pictured top, headteacher Clive Zimmerman with students getting into the spirit of the day.
Middle, students in the newly created computer suite.
Bottom, Mayor Michael Barnes about to mark the new status with specialist school bid leader Gill Sarjeant and from left, Mayoress Sue Barnes, Toothill and Freshbrook community cafe organisers Carol Barnes and Tina Mackie, chair of governors Marcus Walker-Loveridge, headteacher Clive Zimmerman