Nuthall’s Mornington Primary School marked the official opening of its new music room by holding a special assembly that included the return of head teacher Robert Carlyle, after whom the new facility has been named.
Parents turned out in force to celebrate the landmark occasion at which the 30-strong school choir, along with talented young musicians, hit the high notes.
Current head teacher Linda Azemia extended a warm welcome to special guests which as well as Mr Carlyle included local politician, JP and retired head teacher John Peck and Nuthall Parish Councillor Stephen Green, who is the country’s first councillor with Down’s syndrome.
Cllr Peck and Mr Carlyle teamed up to unveil a plaque marking the official opening of the new music room which was likened to a “giant conservatory” and has been put into place by Trent Valley Windows assisted by the school’s site manager Alan Huckerby and his colleague Jeff Ball.
Cllr Green showed how he has become an inspiration to others by playing on an unfamiliar piano an appropriate version of ‘How Great Thou Art’.
A ‘Star Awards’ presentation rewarding the efforts of specially nominated pupils who have done particularly well in various aspects of the school’s curriculum boosted the occasion.
Mr Carlyle, who recalled his first days at Mornington when there were just 13 pupils and a handful of staff, said: “The school has made giant strides and is one of the best in the county, looking after the needs of 300 children.
“It is a privilege to know that the new music room has been named in my honour. I have always been interested in music and during my time at Mornington I did my best to encourage my pupils to learn how to play instruments and to enjoy the pleasure that music can bring to our lives.”