School is out but work is continuing in earnest at Portsmouth High School at both the junior and senior schools over the summer break.
As the gates closed to pupils on the last day of term, builders moved in to start their first week of the interim refurbishment of the ground floor area at the junior school, including the school hall. Good progress is being made as ceilings and new lighting have been installed and decorators are busy refreshing the paintwork.
An exciting new ‘Parents’ Place’ café meeting room is being created at the Junior School which will become a centre for parent events, in particular the growing portfolio of ‘Stay and…’ events which welcome parents and toddlers to the school for a range of activities including ‘Stay and Explore’ and ‘Stay and Play’.
Junior pupils are particularly looking forward to the installation of some exciting new outdoor play equipment which will add to the attraction of the spacious grounds for junior girls at the school. ‘Captain Mainwaring’ is just one of the new characters appearing in the play area and there will be more surprises for the girls when they return to school in September.
At the Senior School work is underway on the construction of a brand new food technology room which will be a new part of the Bannell Centre, a spacious modern building at the school currently housing a sport England standard sports hall and superb design technology department.
Headmistress Jane Prescott said “We welcome all the improvement works going on in the school over the summer. The new food technology room is particularly exciting as it will broaden the curriculum and strengthen the teaching of life skills. Food Technology in the new teaching area will be part of the curriculum for both Junior School and Year 7 pupils initially and this will be extended to older year groups in time. A variety of co-curricular cookery clubs will also take place in this new facility”.