The Levene Learning Centre is officially open for business
Last night marked the official opening of the Levene Learning Centre, which comprises the library, seminar rooms and Digital studio. Although it has been in use since the beginning of the year, this ceremony served to acknowledge the generosity of Lord Levene’s donation to the project, as well as that of the Friends of CLS, who contributed to the furniture in the seminar rooms. The choice of refurbishing and developing the old library into a centre that puts independent learning at the heart of the School was very much in line with the Head’s strategic vision.
The evening began in the Library where there were various displays of work. Pupils from the Junior Sixth presented their extended projects and younger boys demonstrated their coding skills on Raspberry Pi and Scratch. There were also performances delivered by finalists of the O’Sullivan Reading Competition and the Trinity Schools Book Awards presentation. There was the opportunity to look at displays about Old Citizens where guests were able to scan QR codes using iPads in order to discover more information about our alumni. The nascent Digital Studio was showcased by guests testing out the green screen, boys editing some drone footage and The Citizen team working on next week’s news stories.
The highlight of the evening was the speeches, introduced by the Chairman of Governors, Ian Seaton. The Head, Sarah Fletcher, gave praise and personal thanks to Kier, PM Associates, Luke Hughes & Co, the City Surveyors team and the School home team who were all a part of transforming the space in the very short time frame of just one summer holiday! She commented: “We now have a truly modern learning centre which is flexible and fit for the future. The boys should be empowered that this space for learning and academic success has been brought into the heart of the School, instilling faith into their academic achievements."
Mrs Fletcher’s address was followed by Lord Levene, an Old Citizen himself, who has held numerous positions including Lord Mayor, Chairman of Lloyd’s of London, and various appointments in Senior Government. The pinnacle of the evening was the speech delivered by Lord Heseltine - a man who, like Lord Levene, has achieved monumental success in both the business and political worlds. The former Deputy Prime Minister’s speech was as entertaining as it was thought-provoking, as he expressed his views on the future of education. He managed to sum up the mentality and ethos of the School perfectly, while describing the challenges of headship, by saying, "it's not luck, never luck, it’s talent, determination and getting up and doing it all again tomorrow morning" - which can equally apply, we think, to what City boys do, day in, day out, delivering stellar examination results each year. He ended his speech with the pressing of the button, illuminating the commemorative plaques, marking the official opening of the Levene Learning Centre.
The convivial atmosphere of the evening ended with more drinks and canapés on the concourse which brought a close to the evening. Sincere thanks go to the boys who showcased their work, the prefects and catering staff who ensured that the evening went smoothly, and last but certainly not least to Lord Heseltine, Lord Levene and the Friends of CLS - the latter two for their tremendous generosity, as it is thanks to them that the library is the marvellous learning space that it is today.
We now have a truly modern learning centre which is flexible and fit for the future.