Activity Centre 'Topping Out' ceremony celebrated in style

It was a momentous occasion on Friday 16 November as St George's celebrated a very special Topping Out ceremony for the Activity Centre.

What is a Topping Out ceremony you ask? Well, the ceremony takes place when the last structural steel beam or final roofing piece is put in place on a building, it is a big project milestone. To celebrate, many contractors place an evergreen on top of the building, which often gets the Christmas touch during the holiday season. The evergreen usually stays on top, or near the top of the building, until it is finished.

Now St George's didn't just have any old ordinary Topping Out ceremony, the school was lucky enough to have an authentic Austrian Topping Out ceremony from Austrian roof suppliers, Wiehag.

First step of the celebration was to hammer in the final piece of the roof. This was the task presented to Headmistress, Rachel Owens, who was more than up to the challenge as she threw some hefty swings of the hammer to complete the task.

Next up, it was time for our Austrian friends from Wiehag to deliver a very special poem to mark the occasion, spoken in English and Austrian. Adorned in traditional Austrian clothing, two members of the Wiehag team delivered the poem 'For grace and favour' with gusto as they raised their glasses, smashed their glasses and then raised them again - much to the delight of the audience.

Once the poem was complete, Blenheim House Construction then offered an update on the building's progress before everyone tucked in to some Austrian delights.

St George's would like to thank everyone at Wiehag, Blenheim House, Scott Brownrigg and all those who have helped get the Activity Centre to where it is today, it is truly going to be an outstanding centre for generations to come.

You can read the full 'For grace and favour' poem by clicking HERE.

16 November 2018

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