NEW buildings costing £87,000 for St. Bartholomew's Catholic Primary School, Swanley, Kent, were officially opened yesterday by Air Chief Marshal Sir George Mills Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, who was horn in Swanley village.
A denominational school with "aided" status maintained by the Kent County Council, St. Bartholomew's caters for some 180 boys and girls aged five to eleven. 7 be Headmistress, Sister Jerome, was previously a head teacher at Whitstable and Bermondsey.
The buildings which were designed for up to 280 pupils have an exterior of grey brick to harmonise with the church nearby. There are seven classrooms, an assembly hall which is used also for dining, a kitchen and administration rooms.
An unusual feature is an adventure playground, which includes a reproduction of a prehistoric Cornish ruined house built in stone and to scale. This mini-ruin is not just a toy. It is a sizeable reproduction about 10 feet across calculated to intrigue and exercise the young children who will explore it.
Mgr. Joseph Crowley, chairman of the Southwark Diocesan Schools Commission, presided at the opening and dedicated the school.