Bali Rai Opens LRC Reading Sanctuary

Judgemeadow welcomed top author, and former pupil of the College, Bali Rai on Friday 2nd December. He had very kindly agreed to open the new 'Reading Sanctuary' based within the LRC.
It was with suitable pomp and circumstance that Mr Rai officially declared the area open; making a short, encouraging speech and cutting the ceremonial ribbon in front of around fifty excited students and members of staff.

 Bali Rai cutting the ribbon

He then very graciously spent time signing autographs and posing for photographs, whilst the Reading Sanctuary benefitted from its first attendees.

 Bali Rai autographed photograph

This specially designed area of the LRC, tucked away from the mainstream activity of the library, is intended to replicate a cosy living room; providing a quiet space where dedicated reading can be enjoyed in less formal, more comfortable, surroundings.
It has soft furnishings, cushions, a bean-bag, woven rug, shelves of newly published books and a coffee table and lamp for extra ambience. Rumour has it that there might even be a pseudo fireplace and log-fire before the end of the winter.

 Bali Rai reading a book in the Reading Sanctuary

The development of the Reading Sanctuary was overseen by LRC manager, Ruth Stone; and was instigated by Vice Principal, Della Bartram.

Commenting on the official opening and special guest, Mrs Bartram enthused,

"Bali was a delight and, as a succesful ex-Judgemeadow student, he embodies the very essence of our college."

English teacher and Literacy Co-ordinator Naheed Iqbal said,

"Bali Rai's visit to open Judgemeadow's Reading Sanctuary was a truly wonderful experience for all our students. It was great to see their excited faces embracing the moment!"

LRC Manager Ruth Stone added,

"We are proud of our new Reading Sanctuary, where students will be able to enjoy quiet reading, and are very grateful to Bali, who cut the ribbon and declared the space open to our avid readers!"