The Ven Stuart Bain, the Archdeacon of Sunderland, performs the opening with pupils Amy Nicholson and Tommy Mohan, with the Good News signs pupils used during the service to celebrate completion of the work.

 The Ven Stuart Bain, the Archdeacon of Sunderland, performs the opening with pupils Amy Nicholson and Tommy Mohan, with the Good News signs pupils used during the service to celebrate completion of the work.

The Ven Stuart Bain, the Archdeacon of Sunderland, performs the opening with pupils Amy Nicholson and Tommy Mohan, with the Good News signs pupils used during the service to celebrate completion of the work.
A Durham church school has marked the end of the most turbulent year in its history with a celebration service marking the final stage in its recovery from flooding. St Hild’s College Church of England Aided Primary School, in Gilesgate, had to close its doors and find alternative locations to hold lessons after torrential rain in July 2012. The floods caused foul water drains to close the school and its neighbours, including St Giles Church, came to the rescue. The school was closed for several weeks while the clean up took place to allow the children and staff back in the Autumn. Now, the final piece of work has been completed in the form of a new reception area and the school staged a service of dedication for it. The service, called A Year to Remember, included contributions from pupils and was taken by the Revd Canon Dr Alan Bartlett, Vicar of St Giles’ and Priest in Charge of St Mary’s Sherburn and St Cuthbert’s Shadforth, as well as chair of governors at the school, He said: “The service gave the children a chance to reflect on, and celebrate, the survival, indeed, thriving of the school through this exciting year.” The Ven Stuart Bain, the Archdeacon of Sunderland and Chair of the Diocesan board of education, who performed the formal opening, said: “It’s been a tough year but the school has come through it with God’s help and through people working together. It’s amazing what we can discover about what we can do we when do it together.” Headteacher Suzanne Lithgow said; “It’s a year we will not forget. Has it been easy? I would be lying if I said it had but it has been worth it because it showed what can be achieved when the family of St Hild’s pulls together. We can get over anything and triumph over adversity.”

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