Students, staff and supporters of Saint Gregory’s Bath put their skates on last weekend to raise funds for the second phase of The New Sixth, their shared sixth form facility as they hosted Wonder Ice, a ‘superglide’ synthetic ice rink.

Over 500 people took part in the event helping to grow the total of funds raised by the school this year for the much-needed additional space planned for Phase 2 of The New Sixth. The event follows a whole-school sponsored walk held in October and brings the total raised to almost £20,000 for these two events alone.

Co-Chair of Saint Gregory’s PTA, Grace Martin, said, “The weekend was a great success and has really helped to raise not only funds for The New Sixth, but awareness. We welcomed many new faces to the school this weekend and we hope that they had fun on the ice as well as getting to know a little more about our school community.”

“The weather was stunning and we could not have wished for a better winter atmosphere. It was lovely to see so many families wrapped up warm and enjoying themselves, whilst supporting the school and helping to shape its future.”

The New Sixth is just half of its intended size with secured planning permission for additional facilities that will add a 250-seat auditorium and performing arts teaching space, more classrooms and The Well, a unique social and spiritual centre for the students.

“The current building was only ever going to be the beginning of The New Sixth as a shared sixth form facility,” said Headteacher of Saint Gregory’s, Raymond Friel.

“We always knew that as our student numbers grew, there would be an increased need for additional teaching space to cope with demand and this was part of our initial planning application.”

“We have seen a consistent increase in applications since opening showing that there is clearly a demand for an outstanding sixth form with excellent facilities. We hope to build on our fundraising successes this year and raise sufficient interest and funds to be able to complete the vision and create a truly remarkable and state-of-the-art facility for the young people of our area.”

“We would be delighted to hear from anyone who can help or support us with our fundraising efforts and encourage anyone interested to come and visit The New Sixth and see what a difference their help can make.”