Open­ing cer­e­mony has mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

Guests from the armed ser­vices and Kent County Coun­cil at­tended the launch of Ash­ford’s Rep­ton Manor Pri­mary School.

All 160 pupils sang songs, ac­com­pa­nied by head teacher Matt Rawl­ing on gui­tar, at the £5.2 mil­lion school at Rep­ton Av­enue last Tues­day.

The VIPs in­cluded county coun­cil­lor Michael Northey (Con), the deputy cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion, and Col Chris Bird of the In­tel­li­gence Corps, as Rep­ton Manor bar­racks was home to the corps in the 1990s.

There was also a cut­ting of a rib­bon fea­tur­ing self-por­traits by all of the chil­dren.

Mr Rawl­ing said: “It’s been an ex­cit­ing year. The chil­dren, the fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity have got be­hind the school and we have al­ready got that com­mu­nity feel­ing.”

The chil­dren dis­played Waitrose trol­leys dec­o­rated as floats and there were per­for­mances by lo­cal dance groups.

The school, which opened in Septem­ber, will wel­come an­other 60 new pupils next year.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2676343 Buy pic­tures from ken­ton­

Col Chris Bird of the In­tel­li­gence Corps opens the school, helped by el­dest pupil Jamie Forster, youngest EveyMae Shearer and head teacher Matt Rawl­ing

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