Opening of The New Language Centre

By Adrian Frost, Assistant Principal, 26 June 2012

Friday 22nd June saw the official opening of the new £800,000 Languages Centre, sited on the north boundary of the college campus, by the Mayor of Colchester Chris Arnold and his wife Mayoress Amanda Arnold accompanied by Eddie Ross (Languages Department), Andy Beatty (Chair of Governors) and Ian MacNaughton (Principal).

As tradition dictates, after a short speech the Mayor cut a ribbon sealing the doors to the new teaching accommodation, formally marking the beginning of a new chapter in the history of modern foreign language teaching at the college. This was followed by a few words from Eddie Ross, who has been with the college since the beginning and who has lovingly preserved an example of the more primitive facilities from earlier days, in the form of the original tape recorder that he was issued on his first day!

As Ian MacNaughton explained when work on the Languages Centre was first begun: “The centre will be the foundation for a new generation of internationally-aware students. The timing couldn't be more appropriate as the college's work in this area has just been recognised by our receipt of The British Council’s prestigious International School Award."

After the official opening ceremony the Mayor and Mayoress took the opportunity to brush up on their Italian speaking skills alongside students from the International Baccalaureate course, before being treated to a performance from some of the college musicians.