What an exciting week we have had, which ended with our successful celebrations!
On Thursday 11th May, classes at Nursery continued as normal… However, this was not your normal day. Instead of their normal healthy snack, the children were able to enjoy a birthday treat including a “50” birthday cake and other treats followed by party games and outdoor play in the beautiful sunshine. At home time the children all received a birthday present from Nursery School. Each child was given a memory bear, a small teddy bear made from their Nursery School uniform, for them to keep and treasure, and perhaps bring back to nursery school the next time a big birthday arrives!
On Friday 12th May Ballymena Nursery School turned 50, but it was not your typical Nursery School day… The day started with the Mayor of Ballymena coming to Nursery to unveil our ceramic wall mural created by pupils, past and present. Once again a huge thanks must go to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for funding towards our “Artist in the community programme” with artist Trevor Woods from www.mountidapottery.co.uk helping to create our mural. Our Nursery children were able to work with pupils from Camphill, St. Colmcille’s and Castle Tower schools to create a unique ceramic wall mural depicting the former Ballymena Castle and the seven towers. The Mayor gave a lovely speech about our Nursery and what we represent, then unveiled our mural for the guests who attended that morning including pupils who worked on the mural, current and former staff members, the board of governors and many other special guests.
A light lunch was then provided for our guests, while they were given time to enjoy our Nursery School building and our displays that the children have worked very hard on, including our map of our area and our community buildings. Another building which featured at lunch time was the former Ballymena Castle, presented by the board of governors in cake form! Mrs Coulter, with the help of the former principals then cut the cake for our guests to enjoy.
The celebrations continued late into the evening with thanks to The Big Lottery Fund who helped fund our castle themed community party. Festivities began at 3:00pm when pupils and their parents arrived to join the celebrations and continued right through to 7:00pm. We were also delighted to be joined by past pupils and their families, volunteers and visitors who help at Nursery, neighbours in the community and many other people who joined in the party. While the classrooms were available for anyone to play in, the weather was kind to us, and both the front and back gardens were crowded with happy families and smiling faces.
Throughout the afternoon we enjoyed the fairy house, “Frozen” photo stand, candy kingdom, THE “throne” of Game of Thrones, medieval performers, face painters, balloon modellers, exotic animals and birds from The World of Owls, snacks, treats and drinks, puppet shows and a wonderful family friendly atmosphere. For more information about the people who helped us and provided us with treats for our party, please read our latest newsletter or enquire online.
Lots of photos of the day are available to view online on our galleries page and are divided by class list. These photos along with many others will be sent home for our current pupils keep at the end of the year. If you are a past pupil or parent and would like to see if your family photos are available to print, please enquire online with your name, contact telephone number and email address – Mrs McMullan will do her best to see if any good snaps have been captured for you to keep.
The Braid Museum are continuing their own display for “child friendly museums” with work from our Nursery celebrations. Please visit the museum to view our 50th Anniversary display, access is free and the display will remain until the 20th May.
Thank you to all involved! We hope everyone had a great day!