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Building to be named after long-serving Board member 11 November 2007

AN extension to Queen Elizabeth II High School is to be named after long-serving Board of Education member for Peel, Mrs Betty Deans.

Mrs Deans, who is chairman of the School’s governing body, will declare open the Deans Building in a ceremony on Wednesday, November 28 at 3pm.

Mrs Deans first became associated with the school when her granddaughter started as a pupil and she became secretary of the School Association, a position she held for five years. She has represented Peel on the 15-member Board of Education for 20 years and is extremely honoured the new facilities will be being named after her.

The opening ceremony will be attended by German Commissioners’ chairman Mr Bill Corlett, Chief Minister the Hon Mr Tony Brown MHK, President of Tynwald the Hon Mr Noel Cringle, Speaker of the House of Keys the Mr Hon Steve Rodan and Peel Commissioners’ chairman Mrs Patricia Sweeney JP as well as the chairman of other western authorities.

Education Minister the Hon Mrs Anne Craine MHK will introduce Mrs Deans and the facilities will be blessed by the Archdeacon of Man, the Venerable Brian Smith.

The extension includes an impressive and spacious Atrium for cold dining and much-needed modern facilities for the Performing Arts and English. It has been built by McArd Contractors Ltd in a £2.65 million project. The architects leading the scheme were Ellis Brown.

The Minister said of the new facilities:

‘Queen Elizabeth II High School has developed a reputation of excellence for its Performing Arts and I am pleased that we are able to further that achievement with the extension of superb facilities for Music and Drama. Together with provision for the English faculty, additional dining facilities and a bright environment for students, Peel once again strides to the fore in its ability to deliver the very best for our young people in the West of the Island.’

Headteacher Ms Sue Moore commented:

‘We are delighted that for the first time the school has specialist facilities for Music and Drama. It is fitting that the new building should be named in honour of Mrs Deans, herself no stranger to the stage, who has given so much to the School and our community.’

Mrs Deans said:

‘There have been many changes at the school during the last 20 years and I am very pleased with the latest addition, which contains welcome extra facilities.’

Queen Elizabeth II High School was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1979. It now has 840 pupils and more than 100 teaching and support staff.

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