Measuring 66 metres by 19 metres, the dome covers the school’s external basketball courts and can house several activities at the same time. It features a powerful air handling and filtration system and is fully temperature controlled to create a safe and spacious play space for students all year round.
The dome was officially opened by Laura Ferrer Del Pra (Year 10) & Kirsty Macleod (Year 11), captains of the school’s netball teams, in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by parents and guests from embassies and the world of business. Guests enjoyed a morning of sports tournaments and activities including a tour of the dome and school.
Commenting on the fantastic addition to the school's extensive sports facilities, Andy Puttock, Principal of The British School of Beijing, Shunyi, said, “We are delighted that the dome has come to fruition, meaning that students can now play in safe, healthy air, whatever the conditions outside. As parents, we want our children to learn well and be happy at school, but their safety is the number one priority for all of us. Our thanks go to Nord Anglia Education for the investment, but also to all the teachers, students and parents who have helped to make this fantastic facility a reality”
Year 2 & 3 students created drawings & write ups about why they love the dome including, “because the dome has fresh air; because we have a place to play when the school has indoor play”. The students also love the double air lock doors when entering and exiting the dome.
The dome has been specifically equipped for a wide variety of sports including football, badminton, basketball, handball and volleyball. It is already being used in lessons and in the school's wide-ranging After School Activity programme.