|Nurse Zoe Glasgow, part of Wallace's Pastoral Care Team, with Anahilt pupil Chloe McCoosh and her Mum Judith at Wallace's recent Open Day.||Wallace Year 8 pupil Daniel Nash and Head Boy Richard Johnston with Jamie Hewitt from Ballynahinch Primary and his Mum Karen with the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children charity raffle of a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.|
WALLACE High School's open day was well supported with approximately 1300 people attending.
Following speeches from senior prefects, Year 8 pupils Patrick Ferguson and Kate Gordon and Principal Mrs Anne McBride, the prospective Year 8 pupils and their families had the opportunity to explore the school and its extensive grounds and talk to staff and current pupils.
Open Day coordinator Miss Heather Gracey commented: "We were delighted to welcome so many families to our Open Day and we hope that their visit gave them a glimpse into the vibrant day to day life here in Wallace High. Visitors were unanimous in their praise of our school's warm and welcoming atmosphere. It was lovely to see so many former students return with their children and hear them comment on how the school's facilities have developed in the 21st century."
Highlights of the departmental interactive displays included a waterfall in Geography and chocolate tasting in Business Studies. Guests were also invited to enjoy a range of freshly made scones and smoothies in the Home Economics Department and sample
European culinary delights in the Modern Languages Department. Prospective pupils were able to learn about the myriad of sporting activities which Wallace offers, from skiing to show jumping, as well as see the outstanding range of silverware which Wallace teams won last year in a wide range of sports including badminton, hockey, rugby, tennis and netball.
Guests were also entertained by a wide range of students demonstrating their musical talents including classical harps, African drums and 1950's swing.
Clubs and societies also were well represented, with exhibitions from the award winning Young Enterprise company, Scripture Union and Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme to name but a few.
Vice Principal Dr James Napier also encouraged any prospective lower sixth form pupils to come along and visit the School. "There is no doubt that new pupils arriving in Lower Sixth have a very valuable contribution to make and I would encourage those who are considering joining us in September to contact the school and attend the Open afternoon which will take place in March."
|Pupils Anna McNeilly and Rebecca Hawkins showing their baking skills to sisters Jessica and Charlotte Forbes from Moira Primary.||Wallace High School Year 8 pupil Lewis McKelvey guiding Brownlee Primary pupil Lydia Heath and mum Elizabeth|