School Council Team AK Roaming Reporters

Mrs Saville has given the School Council the challenge of reporting on the weekly progress of the school build. They have accepted this challenge with gusto and here is their first report. You can also follow their blog on the School Council page of our website.

Tuesday 3rd March 2020

The roof of the learning hub is being built! There is so much going on at the moment, the new building has been joined to Class 5 and the rest of the school building and the roof has been constructed for the learning hub. It is going to be so beautiful, we love how high the ceiling is going to be and can’t wait to sit inside it being able to see the sky through the sky lights.

Tuesday 11th February 2020

It has started to get very dark at Team AK…the builders have put scaffolding up and wooden boards across to make a floating floor for them to continue the building work above ground and build higher and higher.

The builders have started to do more crucial work like stabilising the beams and taking out the windows in the old music room. Excitement is rising and so are the beams! The work has been charging ahead. They have even blocked the old automatic lunch hall doors to prepare for the next stage.  

Tuesday 24th February 2020

What a difference a week makes! The builders have built the structure of the learning hub out of metal beams, we can’t wait to see it all come together. The outside of the new building has also had the beautiful stones added to make it fit in with the rest of the school building. It is going to have such a huge impact on everyone in Ashton Keynes and we are so excited to see it all grow.

Tuesday 28th January 2020

The builders have now started to make the rooms by building the walls up from the foundations. They are making the walls really tall really quickly! They have used bricks, cement and insulation to make sure it does not get cold inside the new school building. We can even see where the new windows and doors are going to be as they have put the frames for them all in. It is all coming together and looks absolutely amazing!

Tuesday 21st January 2020

We made history this week at Team AK. The builders laid the entire floor of the new school building with individual bricks and enormous steel bars. During assembly on Monday, Mrs Saville invited the entire school, including all of the adults, to be the first (and last!) people to walk on the foundations of the whole school before the walls go up in the next few weeks. It was so exciting and amazing to stand in our future learning hub and classrooms.

Tuesday 14th January 2020

It is full steam ahead at Team AK with the new build this term. We were all so excited to see an enormous crane here this morning! We have been fascinated watching the builders hard at work laying the flooring of our new learning hub and classrooms. It is incredible what they can do and how they squeezed the crane onto our playground! 

The building is really taking shape now and we are able to see what our new school is going to look like. We can’t wait!

Tuesday 17th December 2019

As if last week wasn’t exciting enough, this week we found out phase 2 of the school build was given the go ahead! Woohoo! This means we get our learning hub in the centre of the new school, with loads of extra learning space for groups, music, drama, clubs and so much more! Because of the changes, Classes 1 and 2 had to be moved to make space. This was so interesting to see happen. The whole building was picked up and moved a few metres back! This is because the new class 2 will be attached to the hall to make space for the learning hub.

We are so excited to see the developments when we come back in the New Year.

Merry Christmas everyone! See you in 2020 

Tuesday 10th December 2019

Wow! What an exciting week it has been for the school build. Exciting for two reasons: first, we had bricks delivered and put into the foundations! Then, Mrs Saville panicked and thought it was the shape of the new building but was quickly put at ease by Andy when he told her it was just the floor, not the floor plan! It is so exciting to see just how quickly it is all coming along. We are patiently waiting for the concrete to be poured and the building to start taking shape. 

Tuesday 3rd December 2019

This week, the builders have poured loads of cement into the foundations of the building. If you look carefully, you can see the string separating the different rooms, classrooms and hallways of our new school building. When it is finished, it will be one big building joined to our main school so we will all be together and won’t have to go outside to visit the different classrooms. There are lots of teams working together to make our new building, including people drilling into the ground to help each other create the foundations. It is so exciting to see it all coming together. 

Tuesday 19th November 2019

This week lots of concrete has arrived at Team AK! We are very grateful to Cullimore’s who generously donated sand, gravel and concrete to our school build. Without this generous donation, our school build wouldn’t be as amazing as it is going to be. We were able to spend the money on equipping our new classrooms instead of concrete, so we wanted to say a huge thank you to Cullimore’s for their donation. We wrote them a letter to show our appreciation. 

As well as this generosity, BMI Redland are also donating all of our roofing materials for the school build. We are very grateful for this donation as without a roof, we would be very wet! We have also written a letter to BMI Redland as a thank you to show just how much we appreciate them and their generosity. 

Before laying the concrete, we saw the builders and electricians installing lots of wires underground. It has been very interesting to watch and very dirty work! They have been working every day in the freezing cold and wet November weather we have been having so we are very grateful for all of their hard work too. They have even drawn a giant ‘H’ in the concrete, which we think stands for hard work! J (Or Harry Potter) 

Tuesday 12th November 2019

This week has been action packed for our school build! The diggers and other machines have been working their tyres off as they prepare the foundations for our new building and classrooms. The playground has been completely demolished with lots of big holes full of water and rubble from the diggers. 

As School Council, we interviewed lots of different members of the staff team to find out what they think about the building: 

Ted asked Mrs Timbrell, “How do you feel about the new school building?” Mrs Timbrell responded, “I feel very excited about the new school buildings.”

Rebecca asked Mrs Smith, “Is it going to be worth it in the end?” Mrs Smith answers that she is very excited that all of the school will be linked together and that the younger children won’t have to walk outside in the cold in the winter!

Zoe asked Mrs Marsh, “What are you most excited about?” Mrs Marsh said, “New beginnings!” 

Livvy asked Mr Watson, “How do you feel about having a smaller playground?” Mr Watson said he finds it tricky teaching P.E but all of the staff said, “Short term pain for long term gain!” 

Tuesday 5th November 2019

When we got back to school after half term, the whole playground had been dug up ready for the new buildings. It is really exciting! To get into the school has changed completely as we cannot go through the usual gate. Instead, everyone now walks through the staff car park, around Year 5 and 6 classrooms and the back of the hall onto the playground. There is a temporary path leading the way to the remaining playground for you to follow.

So far, the playground has been dug up and the safety fence put all around to keep us all safe. We are so excited to monitor the progress every week and report back to Mrs Saville. 

To make sure we are all safe, we had a fire drill on Tuesday morning. Everyone was calm and sensible when walking the new route to the fire evacuation point on the playground. We are all confident we will be safe in any situation. 

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