Rhinos star and dancers open new eco-friendly children’s facility at Pudsey Southroyd

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan. Photo: Southroyd School

By John Baron

Former Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan has cut the ribbon on a new eco-friendly learning and meeting space which ‘oozes sustainability’ at Pudsey Southroyd Primary School.

The school held a special celebration event yesterday which featured dance and music from pupils as the school unveiled The Cabin, which is a 90 per cent recycled learning space featuring 11 converted shipping containers and recycled Tetrapak to insulate the walls. It will boast a living roof when it is finished and is fully funded by the school.

The facility offers flexible meeting rooms, function space, community bookings, after-school groups, baby groups and toddlers’ activities and more. It replaces the outdated facilities which were previously on the site.

Local councillors and parents were at the launch event, and were entertained by a Leeds Rhinos ‘dance spectacular’ performed by pupils.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan cut the opening ribbon at the new facility and encouraged pupils ‘to write your own story’ there, be creative and ‘most importantly, be the best version of yourself’.

“It’s an honour to come to Southroyd,” the Rhinos’ first director of culture, diversity and inclusivity told the crowd. “I grew up in the Pudsey and Bramley area and attended Priesthorpe School. This whole area helped me in my journey to become a rugby league player when I was younger.”

He said all pupils had potential and encouraged youngsters to ‘go on a journey’. He said the new facility ‘oozes sustainability’ and praised the links between the Rhinos and the school

Final touches are currently being put to the children’s centre, which will officially open in the next couple of weeks.

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