British Vice-Consul inaugurates €4.7 million expansion of The British School of Barcelona
The British School of Barcelona (BSB) has marked the opening of new facilities with a spectacular inauguration ceremony attended by representatives of the British Consulate and Castelldefels Town Council along with hundreds of family members and staff from the BSB community.
The expanded facilities, which represents an investment of €4.7 million, is the second stage of an ambitious project that has enabled the school to offer new services and increase its capacity for new students in Early Years, Primary and Secondary in response to the high demand in the area.
The result of the expansion is a new Secondary building with a dozen classrooms, a fully equipped 700-square-metre theatre with 376 seats, music rooms, two multisport courts and an artificial turf field, a new kitchen and a large dining hall.
The ceremony was chaired by Headmaster Josep González, and it also included the participation of the Vice-Consul of Great Britain in Barcelona, Maria Leng, and the Mayor of Castelldefels, Manuel Reyes. Following the speeches, a party was held for the whole school community, which gathered together more than 500 people including both families and staff.
Josep González, Headmaster, stated that he was very “proud” of the new facilities as they have been designed specifically for the children so that “we can continue to aspire to all-round excellence in the education we offer”.
Maria Leng, British Vice-Consul in Barcelona, said that “the new facilities are an excellent example of the importance given to future generations by the BSB” and she added that one of the strengths of the school is “its unique cultural diversity, something which is common in the UK”.
The ceremony concluded with a few words by the Mayor of Castelldefels, Manuel Reyes, who pointed out that “an education in English makes our children more competitive, and schools like the BSB will help to ensure that our future leaders, entrepreneurs and other kinds of employees have better professional opportunities”. He also stated that “it is a pleasure and an honour” for the town of Castelldefels to have a school such as the BSB, as it is a “national and international reference in the world of education”. “Languages are meant to join people and nations, and schools like the BSB do that and help create a better world”, he concluded.
The British School of Barcelona will be donating all proceeds from the tickets for the event (a total of €1,514) to UNICEF. Since the beginning of 2013, the BSB has been proud to be a UNICEF “Rights-Respecting School”. This is a recognition given to schools which are committed to children’s rights, and which are actively involved in fundraising activities for projects organised by this international organisation.
The party held after the official ceremony was filled with fun activities for all ages and it included, among others, bouncy castles and a musical performance starring children from the school.