Fairytale opening for library

Opening of the new library at Orchards Primary School, Wisbech. From left: headteacher Nicola Parker, librarian Julie Jones, Year 6 junior librarian Kamile, the Third Little Pig, Year 6 junior librarian Justina, English leader Alison White and deputy head Jaynie Lynch.
Opening of the new library at Orchards Primary School, Wisbech. From left: headteacher Nicola Parker, librarian Julie Jones, Year 6 junior librarian Kamile, the Third Little Pig, Year 6 junior librarian Justina, English leader Alison White and deputy head Jaynie Lynch.

Children at Orchards Primary School got a lovely surprise as they returned to school on Monday.

The brand new library at the Wisbech school was opened by no other than the Third Little Pig, who appeared in the school assembly by video link.

Headteacher Nicola Parker said: “I loved seeing the awe and wonder on the children’s faces as we went via Skype link live to the library where Mr Cant, Year 4 teacher, introduced the 3rd Little Pig.

“They counted down from five to one as the lead up to Mr Pig cutting the ribbon and declaring the library open. Even the older children were amazed to see the journey from the library, down the corridor and into the hall.

“He was greeted with a huge cheer! What an exciting way to declare our new library open for business.”

Mrs Parker added that the library had been a long time in the making and the school has spent the last six months investing in books and resources for the new space.

Jaynie Lynch, deputy head, said: “The children were so excited about the opening of our new library and the visit from the Third Little Piggy. It is so fantastic to see the children so excited about reading.”

The children will this week receive a library card which will enable them to use the facilities in the same way as a public library.

Julie Jones, librarian, said: “The whole point of this was to make a whole school resource for the children; we feel confident that we have achieved this.”

And Alison White, English Leader, added: “A school library will have such a significant impact on our children’s reading. It will provide a wide choice of books which will help to foster a love of books and reading with all children.”