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Ex headteacher's family help with Penryn school pool funds
3:00pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
The children of a former head of Penryn Junior School paid the pupils a visit last week and left them with a cheque for £1,000 to be spent on the swimming pool their father was instrumental in having built.
Bill Bray had been appointed head of the school in 1961, when it was based on The Terrace and had moved up with it to its new location in Treverbyn Rise where he remained until he retired in 1987.
During his time at the school, he played a pivotal role in securing the funding for the swimming pool which was built in 1975.
The same pool is in use today, although a group of parents and governors are constantly fundraising to cover the costs.
Last week the school welcomed Philip Bray, Lydia Bray and Alison Parton, who had all been pupils there while their father was head.
Addressing the pupils in assembly, Mr Bray junior said: “Our father was very, very keen to make sure, as much as possible, that all the children who came to the school could learn to swim.
“So he, with the support and help from other parents and people in the town, built your swimming pool.
“We are really pleased to see it still being used today.”
Mr Bray senior had even rolled up his sleeves and helped the builders with the pool’s construction during the evenings and at weekends.
His daughter, Lydia said: “He died two-years-ago, but the school was his life for the time he was here. He was very passionate about getting the pool built.”
The donation will go towards the cost of a new dehumidifier for the pool building.
Children at the school are currently being encouraged to help with further fundraising by filling jam jars with loose change.
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