were celebrations for the pupils and staff of St Aloysius
Nursery Unit last week as their new playground was officially
speakers and parents attended the grand opening of the new state
of the art facilities for the children at the school. Head of
the Nursery Unit, Mrs Clare McAllister, said: "Having identified
a need for extending and improving our playground facilities we
secured funding from The National Lottery's Awards For All to
enhance and develop our outdoor play area. "We recognise the
importance of physical play during the early years and this 'New
Space' provides many exciting opportunities, not only for our
Nursery Unit, but for all pupils throughout the Foundation
Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two."
Principal of St Aloysius Mr Patsy McClean,
said they were delighted with the new play area.
"We are convinced that to offer all our
children the best education possible it is essential that they
can avail of top quality, state of the art facilities.
"I would like to congratulate Mrs McAllister
and all her staff for their hard work, diligence and ambition in
securing the relevant funding for this superb addition to our
school facilities." The parents were given information on the
benefits of lifelong fitness and developing a physical literacy
from an early age by Faron Morrison, Sports South East
Partnership officer, whilst the children had great fun
demonstrating their own physical literacy with a carefully
planned set of activities which focused on many aspects of
physical development, all facilitated by Lisburn City Council's
Community Sports Development officer Kevin Madden.