THERE was a buzz of excitement at Pond Park Primary this week as staff and pupils started set-ding into the brand new, state-of-the-art school. The pupils got their first glimpse of the school last Thursday but this has been their first full week in their new classrooms.
And by all accounts it is a resounding success with children, staff and parents all thrilled with the new facilities.
There are many outstanding features including the new playground equipment, which is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland.
Each of the classrooms benefits from an interactive white board, making the classroom a truly 21st century learning experience.
The school also prides itself on its eco-friendly status, with heating supplied by a biomass boiler burning wood pellets and a rainwater collection
Tonnes of concrete and miles of cabling
And nothing was wasted when the old school building was torn down, as all of the fixtures and fittings are now being used by schools in Zambia.
Teachers who worked for many years in the old building are delighted with the new facilities. Mrs Carolyn Johnston, who began teaching at Pond Park in 1983, said: When I arrived here the old school was a new school but it became too small for our needs.
"I didn't think I would be sentimental when I saw them knocking down the old building but there was a wave of nostalgia and I
remembered everyone who had gone through the school.
"What we have here is totally amazing. My favourite part is the interactive white board.' Mrs Brenda Martin, who began teaching at Pond Park just one year after the school first opened, is delighted to have moved from her old mobile into the school building.
"It's still a learning curve," she said. "The kids are loving it. I think they are a bit in awe and a bit flabbergasted. When they first saw it their eyes were going everywhere and they just said 'wow'."
|Pond Park Primary School principal Mr Victor Spindler hard at work in his office, with the school mascot on his desk. US1709-529CD||Children enjoying the play park at the new Pond Park Primary School. US1709-527cCD|
|Children enjoying the play park at the new Pond Park Primary School. US1709-S27cCD||Trying out the play park at the new Pond Park Primary School. US1709-526CD|