Jonathan Reynolds MP

Representing the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield
labour and coop candidate jonathan reynolds

MP Reynolds Helps Pupils Unveil Their Own Star

STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds encouraged youngsters at a primary school in Hyde to reach for the stars - at a special unveiling ceremony.

Mr Reynolds was invited to Dowson Primary School on Friday as part of the celebrations to mark the opening of the Key Stage Two building.

The remodelled building includes classrooms, dance studio, recording studio and library area. And it has already proved popular with the children.

As part of the opening ceremony Mr Reynolds unveiled a star registration chart - detailing the position of the school's own star.

The ‘Dowson Primary School' star is located in the Ursula Major - or Great Bear - constellation and is catalogued in the International Star Registry.

It was given to the school two years ago by former teacher Jan Williams, who retired after working at the school for 36 years.

And for the first time the star's chart has a special place within the school - where children will be able to read about their own special star.

Mr Reynolds - who unveiled the star chart at the ceremony on Friday - said: "Jan Williams was part of the family at Dowson Primary school for 36 years - during which time she inspired generations of youngsters.

"When Mrs Williams retired she gave the school this really special gift. I know the children at Dowson are really proud of their star. And it's fantastic that it now has such a prominent position within the school.

"Now they are reminded of it every day when they go in and out of the main entrance. And I hope it will act as inspiration for generations of children to come.

"I would always say to children that they should reach for the stars - and at Dowson they now have a particular star to aim for."

During his visit to the school, Mr Reynolds talked to Jan Williams about her time at the school. And he was also taken on a tour of the new facilities.

Dowson was originally built as an open plan school. Although partitions had been added over the years, staff felt it was in need of remodelling to make it fully effective.

Mr Reynolds said: "The remodelled Key Stage Two building makes sure the children have access to all the facilities they need to get the best out of their time at Dowson and to fulfil their potential.

"The environment in which children learn is really important. The youngsters at Dowson now have the very best facilities - and it was clear to see how proud the children were of their new school."



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