The official opening of The Stationers’ Digital Media Centre took place this week and students and staff were delighted to welcome over 100 guests to the occasion including Sir Geoffrey Leigh, Leigh Academies Trust senior executives, The Master and members of The Stationers’ Company, governors, suppliers and invited guests.
Official opener, Amali de Alwis, Chief Executive of Code First: Girls and winner of the Women in IT Awards – Skills Initiative of the Year Award, toured the suite and met students working on their media projects. She conducted an official opening ceremony together with the Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Olu Babatola.
Amali spoke about the importance of technology in the workplace, telling students that there is no such thing as a non-tech business. She explained how important it was to have a more diverse workforce in order to build and develop services and products, encouraging students to understand how technology will impact their lives. She said that knowledge gave people power and confidence; her advice to students was to “take advantage of everything here – rinse it!”
The £500,000 refurbishment and investment project has transformed two classrooms in the William Morris building into a multi-media digital centre to rival any newsroom, magazine or dot.com design company. The project is the culmination of two years’ collaboration in partnership with the Leigh Academies Trust. The Academy would like to acknowledge and thank Stationer members for their generous sponsorship and donations as well as additional funding provided by the Trust itself.
In his address, Chair of Governors, Kevin Dewey, thanked all who had contributed to the project. “We want to deliver here an outstanding academy, an outstanding place of learning and a happy place of learning. I think we’re well on the way of doing that.”
Executive Principal, David Millar offered a toast to the Stationers’ Digital Media Centre which, he said would benefit students in years to come.
All students who supported the opening were outstanding ambassadors for the Academy. Special congratulations must go to Year 10 Delamere student. Conor Shiels, who was the official photographer for the event.