‘MAGICAL’ buildings were formally opened at an event to mark the launch of Bersted Green Primary School.
Cartoonist Mike Jupp opened the modern facilities at the school and told the 240 pupils they had some special ingredients.
“You are surrounded by buildings which contain magic. No matter what the buildings are made of, there’s magic in them,” said nearby resident Mr Jupp.
“I’ve discovered what that magic is. It’s called words.
“If you collect enough words and numbers, you can put them together and, if you collect their meanings, you can do anything.”
The pupils released balloons to mark last Thursday’s ceremony. They also had fitness games with Portsmouth FC coaches, a climbing wall and a smoothie bike.
The extension to the school, formerly Laburnum Grove Junior School, has resulted in 14 classrooms. Ten are open.
This gives the school space to teach children from the ages of four to 11 for the first time since the original buildings opened in 1967.
The extension came into use in September to enable the school’s numbers to increase from 150 to 240 with room for more.
Executive head teacher Katie Jarvis said: “This is a lovely building and it has brought the school into the 21st century. We are really optimistic for the future.”
The older school buildings have been refurbished. The substantial investment has created a new library, IT facilities and resource areas.
Bonnie Brazil, ten, said she enjoyed the new school. “It’s a lot better than the old one. It’s a lot bigger and there’s more children to get to know and things to help with. The new building helps me get on with my work because I can concentrate better,” she said.
The site also contains a family and children’s centre and the Little Acorns nursery.