75 years of Dave­nies

Johnny Ball opens new build­ing as school cel­e­brates an­niver­sary

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: jack­_84_a­bell

DAVE­NIES School in Bea­cons­field be­gan its 75th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in style with a week­end packed full of events.

The high­light was the open­ing of the Ju­bilee Build­ing, which was com­pleted in time for the 75th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, and was opened by tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Johnny Ball.

He spoke to pupils, staff and guests at the event, which took place on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17, and said that he was im­pressed with the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing that the new fa­cil­ity will pro­vide.

Fol­low­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, the as­sem­bled crowd was treated to a per­for­mance by the spe­cially cre­ated Ju­bilee Choir of chil­dren, par­ents and staff.

Alumni re­turned to the school for the event, some of whom were at Dave­nies when it was founded 75 years ago.

The Ju­bilee open morn­ing, and a Ju­bilee cock­tail party which took place the evening be­fore, man­aged to raise £7,500 for the Nie­mann-Pick Re­search Foundation to help fund re­search and tri­als into a ther­a­peu­tic treat­ments for the dis­ease.

Head­teacher Carl Ry­croft, said: “It was great to be part of such an en­joy­able oc­ca­sion. Johnny Ball was in­spir­ing, the boys showed the breadth of their tal­ents and we got to spend time with fam­i­lies, alumni and vis­i­tors in what was an ex­cel­lent demon­stra­tion of the thriv­ing com­mu­nity that ex­ists at Dave­nies.”

Birth­day: Johnny Ball and head­teacher Carl Ry­croft open the new Ju­bilee Build­ing as Dave­nies School be­gins to mark its 75th year

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