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School's 'amazing' first year marked with unveiling of new library

PUBLISHED: 11:56 18 July 2019

The new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

The new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

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A new library has been unveiled as part of a celebration event to mark a school's 'amazing' first year

The new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesThe new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

Lowestoft's newest primary school has celebrated a successful first year - and at a special event on Monday, July 15 the brand new library was officially opened.

More than 40 excited pupils and proud parents looked on as the new Mandy Stanley Library was opened by the local children's author, illustrator, designer and independent publisher.

The new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesThe new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

After opening its doors to Early Years children in September, staff, pupils, parents and special guests united once more this to celebrate at the grand unveiling of new library.

Admitting the opening of the new library was a "fabulous way to end our amazing year," headteacher Kate Cracknell said: "We have had an incredible start to our journey and are so excited about what the next year will bring."

The new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesThe new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

As part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, the school is situated at the heart of the Woods Meadow development in Lime Avenue, Oulton.

The Limes offers 60 places in Reception and will continue to grow year-on-year with a new intake of Reception pupils.

The new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesThe new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

Currently there are 43 children at the school, which will grow to 100 in September. And with the current two classes "building a new community," this week's first year celebration event saw the pupils perform the original story of the sleepy bumble bee to those in attendance, before showcasing their own version with actions - the sleepy snail.

The REach2 Academy Trust song was then sung with great enthusiasm, before the excited youngsters had the chance to see the new Mandy Stanley Library for the first time.

The new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesThe new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

Mrs Cracknell said: "We are so proud of what has been achived this year and what the children have achieved this year - the children have been amazing."

Cutting the ribbon to open the new library, Mrs Stanley was also announced as the school's new reading patron as she donated some books to the school.

The new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesThe new library is unveiled at the Limes Primary Academy in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

And the first book to be placed on the library shelves was 'Our Cinderella Stories,' which has been written by the Donaldson Class - the school's own version of Cinderella.

With mushroom chairs, logs, tree displays and a innovative treehouse the new library area attracted gasps of delight from the children as they discovered new areas to learn, explore and read.

First year celebration event

Delighted to unveil the new library, Mrs Stanley said: "Its a huge honour.

"Its a place that they can enjoy themselves and bring about the pleasure of reading.

"Their enthusiasm has shone through and this group will grow with this library.

"A lot of enthusiasm and hard work has gone into the project."

With the Adnams Community Trust donating £955 towards the cost of the library, the school said they were "very appreciative of their support."

And thrilled with the brand new library facility, Mrs Cracknell said: "We are over the moon.

"We wanted somewhere where the children could enjoy books and learn and this is fantastic.

"It has been a tremendous year and we could not have wished for a better group of children.

"We are really, really pleased and the 10 staff we have at the moment increases to 15 in September, with the current 43 children going up to 100."

Spaces are still available in all years, and for further details email office@thelimesacademy.org

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