Claudia springs into action for school

May 30 2017

Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane was among the guests of honour at The Dolphin School's spring fair on Saturday May 6.

Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane was among the guests of honour at The Dolphin School's spring fair on Saturday May 6.

The event was to celebrate the primary school's move into its innovative new building in Montpelier this term.

The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Jeff Lovell, and the High Sheriff of Bristol, Anthony Brown, cut the ribbon at the fair.

Claudia, who trains at Hawks Gym in Easton, won four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and was a member of the GB team at the Rio Games last summer. She will meet the pupils, who are aged four to nine, and their families, show them one of her medals, and hand out mementoes to the children.

Head teacher Shelley Dixon said the children were very excited to meet Claudia, who was a semi-finalist in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing competition last year.

The fair, organised by the school's parents and teachers association, included a range of stalls from tombola and children's books to hook-a-duck and making bluebell crowns. Children's capoeira and drumming workshops took place and the day featured live music and refreshments.

Ellie Spare, from the PTA, said: “It was a great day celebrating our local community and the new school building - and we raised £2,000 for the school.”

The Dolphin School was opened by CGS Trust in 2012 to meet demand for primary school places in the inner city and is set to grow to a maximum of 420 pupils. The new building has three floors, making imaginative use of the site, a former engineering works, to provide 14 classrooms, a large hall and a studio hall, a roof terrace for outdoor learning, alongside other educational facilities.

Children and staff had previously been split across two sites while BAM Construction built the school.

Miss Dixon said: “We are delighted with our new school building and the children are really enjoying learning together in one location. It will provide stability for everyone and be a launchpad for our exciting new curriculum. We are looking forward to our school becoming established as the heart of our diverse community.”