SAES Community Joins Bishop In Dedicating Intermediate School Building
Posted September 25, 2012
The Right Reverend Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, led the St. Andrew's Episcopal School Community in a blessing and dedication of the new Intermediate School building Tuesday.
The outdoor ceremony, on the patio of the new building, was attended by the Lower School second and third grade classes, along with the Intermediate school classes. Parents, faculty and staff members of all divisions were also in attendance. Acting Head of School, John Holden, greeted and encouraged attendees in the opening remarks. Mr. Holden then recognized the many efforts of the entire SAES faculty, staff, and board members who were so critical throughout the conception and construction phases of the Intermediate School project.
The celebratory service was punctuated by collective singing of the opening hymn and then the reading of the Old and New Testament Lessons and Psalm 127 by Intermediate School students Lauren Hesse, Shannon Seignious and Conrad Martens. Preceeding the Bishop's Blessing, Board of Trustees Chair Anne Wallace read the Collect.
Being adamant that the blessing of the building should be collaborative, the Bishop asked all in attendance to extend their hands and hearts as she led the group in prayer. At the close of the ceremony, Dr. Amy Wooley, the Intermediate School Music Teacher, led attendees in an acoustic version of the closing hymn We Are Marching in the Light of God, as the students 'marched' to their homeroom classes.