Thursday, October 18, 2012
This is a wonderful place to learn that has the potential to become an even more amazing place to study.
That was the message at Lowestoft Sixth Form College yesterday as the £25m building hosted an official opening ceremony 13 months after it had first opened its doors to a small army of eager students.
Hundreds of students and staff joined civic dignitaries and guests gathered in the college’s spacious atrium for the official ceremony, which heard how the building in Rotterdam Road, which opened in September 2012, would help unlock young people’s potential in the town for years to come.
College principal Yolanda Botham said: “We are ambitious. We have very high expectations and I am absolutely certain with this staff team and in this fantastic building that with effort and determination we can collectively create something amazing together.”
At the moment there are 560 students and 70 staff at the college, which has a capacity for more than 1,000 young people.
To showcase some of the students’s talents, some of them performed an extract from the Taming of Shrew, performed a composition by Beethoven and played a toe-tapping version of Van Morrison’s Moondance to a transfixed audience.
The college was officially opened by Lord Tollemache, the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk.
He said: “This is quite obviously a wonderful building.
“I just want to congratulate everyone on making it happen.”
Lowestoft Sixth Form College combined three sixth forms at Lowestoft high schools and was about 10 years in the making.