Dolphin School’s new building opened by Princess Royal

January 26 2018

HRH The Princess Royal visited the Cheltenham Road area of Bristol on January 9 to officially open The Dolphin School’s brand-new building in the heart of the city.

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HRH The Princess Royal visited the Cheltenham Road area of Bristol on January 9 to officially open The Dolphin School’s brand-new building in the heart of the city. As well as unveiling a commemorative plaque, the Princess toured the purpose-built, three-storey school where children proudly introduced her to several of their favourite areas, including the library and the roof-top garden. 

In each classroom children were thrilled to show Princess Anne what they have been learning, all linked to the school’s curriculum, Curious-city.

 Headteacher, Shelley Dixon said that the Royal visit was a wonderful opportunity to bring to life the new curriculum, which is enquiry-led and actively links learning to the rich heritage and cultural opportunities across Bristol and encourages children to be inquisitive and creative.

 The Princess also enjoyed a performance from the school’s choir, made up of over 30 pupils from Year 2 to Year 5, who sang ‘Count On Me’.

 Pupil, Rouin Shandiz, age 8, said: “I’ve never met a real-life Princess before. She was very friendly and asked lots of questions about our Gardening Club!”

 Part of Venturers Trust, which is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol, the school has 330 pupils comprising over 40 different nationalities and 17 languages. When full in 2019 the school will have 420 pupils.

 Also present were HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding OBE; The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Lesley Alexander; Local Councillors Mike Davies and Carole Johnson; as well as the High Sheriff of Bristol, Anthony Brown; the Assistant Chief Constable, Stephen Cullen; and the Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Charles Griffiths.