There were squeals of excitement and anticipation was palpable as Penryn College students gathered outside their new building this morning to get a first glimpse of the £26 million facilities awaiting them. Never before had there been so much joy at returning to school after the summer holidays.
Each house group took it in turns to enter the school, with the student house leaders cutting a ribbon as the staff head of house made a short speech.
The wait was then finally over for the youngsters, who were led through the plush new facilities before gathering for a whole school assembly, where a candle was lit in a special opening ceremony.
Head teacher Marie Hunter said: “It’s just marvellous. Somebody has been looking down on us to keep the rain off to allow each house to come in and have their own opening of the school.”
Henry Preston, chairman of the governors, said: “It’s a special moment. We have waited a long time for this school to be built – but the wait was worth it.”
A video of this morning will be online later today. To see a video report of the final preparations taking place over the last few days click here