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Rooftop library at primary school opens in memory of Maria Panayioutou

Much loved member of staff worked at Brecknock for three decades

02 January, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Teacher Matt Williams outside the rooftop library with Brecknock School pupils Zoe Kantazi, Isla Stirton, Cleo Bouch and Casey Gaitens

A ROOFTOP library at a primary school not only boasts London’s best views, its lucky pupils can also remember a teacher who changed so many lives while enjoying a good book.

The new library, built into a beach hut, has been placed on the playground on the roof of Brecknock School, in York Way, by teacher Matt Williams in memory of a much-loved colleague, Maria Panayiotou, who died last year. Ms Panayiotou worked at the school for three decades and her family have donated a collection of books to the new library for children to enjoy.

The view from Brecknock School’s roof

Five pupils have been appointed librarians to oversee book stocks and displays, which they plan to change regularly.

Mr Williams said: “Day to day she was such a big part of our school and a lot of the parents who have children here today were taught by her. She was very good with new teachers, showing us the ropes. We wanted to create something visible on a daily basis, like she was.”

Maria Panayiotou

Librarian Cleo Bouch, who is a Year 5 pupil at Brecknock, said: “We wanted to make it an interesting and warm place for people to go and read in. Each month we get a new book for each year group, so there are new things to read.”

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