Teachers gave Les Quennevais students a guard of honour as they left the 56-year-old school building for the final time.
The secondary school closed to pupils on Friday, and teachers will be leaving on Thursday.
“This is a historic and long-awaited moment for our community in the west of the Island. The new Les Quennevais School will truly be a school for the future – we are redefining how a school should look and feel,” Sarah Hague, who has been headteacher at the school since 2013 and has worked at Les Quennevais since 1997, commented.
Video: A tribute to, and tour of, the old Les Quennevais School. (Les Quennevais School/YouTube)
“It will inspire and drive the ambition of a whole new generation and transform the experiences of our staff and students. We are hugely excited, proud and feel truly privileged to at last have the facilities that match the outstanding teaching that we deliver day in day out.
“We know we are extremely lucky that the Government of Jersey has supported the vision for learning that we have at our school and has not compromised on the design and the facilities, which we as staff and our students, have been very fortunate to have played a major part in creating.
“I cannot wait to see the children’s faces when they join us in September, they are going to be astonished, let’s not forget this is all for them! It has been a once in a lifetime opportunity, which we have certainly made the most of.”
Pictured: The guard of honour.
Education Minister Senator Tracey Vallois added: “For more than half a century Les Quennevais School has been at the very heart of the Red Houses community, with thousands of pupils having fond memories of their times spent at the school.
“However, the opening of the new facility is not only an exciting milestone for the school but also for the Island as a whole as it marks the single biggest capital investment in education in Jersey’s history. I wish the pupils and staff at Les Quennevais a very happy future at their new site.”
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