RETIREMENT OF MRS McNEICE
We had a special assembly to mark the retirement of Mrs McNeice, who has been teaching at our school since it opened in January 2000.
She was presented with gifts from the pupils, parents and governors.
Thank you to all who contributed to the gifts.
We wish Mrs McNeice and happy and healthy retirement!
ROUNDABOUT RENOVATION PROJECT
We had a lovely afternoon on Thursday 28th June, celebrating the completion of our Roundabout Renovation.
Special thanks to everyone who supported this project in any way. We are really grateful to all sponsors and contributors both in school and in the community.
The completion of the Roundabout Renovation Project is the culmination of many months of planning and design. From the outset, the rationale for the refurbishment of the roundabout was that the design should be a permanent feature requiring low maintenance and that the feature would reflect the history of the local community and of the Bronte Heritage. We are delighted with the finished product and really appreciate the efforts and work of all those involved in the project.
The renovation project was spear-headed by Mrs McNeice, who is retiring from teaching this year. We greatly appreciates all the effort that Mrs McNeice has put into the project from its inception to completion and it is gratifying to see the fulfilment of her vision embodied in the finished product.
As was intended from the outset, the finished roundabout truly reflects the history of the surrounding rural community and also incorporates aspects of the Bronte Heritage.
The renovation work was carried out by local landscape gardener, Mr Norman Porter, who also worked closely with Mrs McNeice on the design of the feature. We really appreciate all the work that was carried out, clearing the roundabout, bringing materials, building the wall and completing the centre piece and also acknowledges the excellent workmanship of NP Gardening employees and all those who helped Mr Porter with the work.
Local stone, supplied by Mr James Spiers, has been used to build a small wall representative of the Bronte Cottage, particularly with the falling walls at either side and the hearth stone appropriately placed.
The centrepiece is an iron horse mill, kindly donated by Mr Wallace Pepper. The mill is set on base of “golden stone,” given by Mr Norman Porter, reflecting the corn it was used to grind. The mill is supported by a local stacking stone, again donated by Mr Porter, used to support hay stacks in former times. The mill is complemented by the iron gate and water pump, kindly granted by Mr Norman Harbinson. These are also a reflection of a past generation in our local community. It is most fitting that the gate is hung on an axle from a horse drawn cart, another item kindly donated by Mr Porter. We also greatly appreciate the work of Mrs Elaine Donnell, who has repainted the water pump.
We are also delighted to have been given the original plaque from Emdale National School – a wonderful piece of history. We are grateful to Mr Harbinson and the trustees of the property for their support of the project and allowing us to have the plaque.
As well as reflecting the education in our local community, Emdale School was actually a ‘fore runner’ of Bronte Primary. Built in 1841, the school amalgamated withy Edenagarry Primary in the 1930s to form Edendale Primary School, one of the 3 schools which closed, joining with Glaskermore and Croreagh to form Bronte Primary School in 2000.
The school is delighted with the welcome plague on the wall, which has been given by local stone mason, Mr David Moffett of Moffett Memorials, and made from local granite.
While a traditional stone wall in many respects, the modern convention of local concrete and cement has been used to lay its foundation and finish the back. We are very thankful to Mr Gary Thompson for supplying the cement as well as the concrete foundation for the wall.
The centre surface of the roundabout has been overlaid with local stone, kindly donated by another local company, Wheatfield Stone.
As part of the very short history at Bronte, the daffodils, which were received from Marie Curie over ten years ago have been kept. These will be a reminder of the original roundabout and also a reminder that the school looks outward, seeking to support local charities and encouraging our pupils to think of others.
We are also very grateful to Simpson’s Nurseries who kindly donated the 2 beautiful acer trees on the roundabout, adding new life to the project and looking to the future of the school as these trees grow and develop.
The centre of the roundabout has been edged with local cobble as have the centre piece under the mill and stacking stone. Cobbles donated by Mrs McNeice, have also been used to construct a traditional cobble path into the centre.
In addition to all the items donated to the roundabout, we are greatly indebted to all the parents and local businesses, who have provided sponsorship for the project so far. This much needed funding will be used to purchase some of the materials and also to pay those who completed the work on the roundabout.
To date, the following businesses have generously sponsored the project:
Mr Jonathan McKnight of JMK Quads;
Mr and Mrs Dermott Lennon of Bronte Stables;
Mr Pat Sloane and Mrs Gail Redmond of Ballinaskeagh Grains;
Messrs Windsor and Graham Toal of Windsor Toal, Rathfriland:
Mr Johnny McCallister of McCallister Transport;
Mr Ivan Allen of G A Allen and Sons;
Mr Gareth Devine of Dent Devils;
Mr Brian Travers of Travers Steel;
Mr Phillip Moorhead of 3 Interiors;
Mr and Mrs Jason Trimble of Trim Tech and
Mr Winston Hanlon of Bridge Upholstery.
We also acknowledges the generous donations from Mr and Mrs Alan Henning, Mr and Mrs Simon O’Hara, Miss Margaret Heslip and Mrs Kathleen McNeice.
Not only have we a beautifully transformed roundabout, providing a focal point at the front of the school, but we also have an excellent learning resource for our children and the local community. We are so grateful for everything that has been contributed to support the project and are delighted with the result.
Foundation, KS1 and KS2 Sports' Day Winners
Anna won 2nd place in Piano Class and Mya won 3rd place in Violin Class at Portadown Music Festival
We had great fun on Maths Day!
Each class took part in a special Easter Assembly
PTA organised a fantastic Fashion Show on 22nd March and raised over £2000 for school funds!
A huge thank you to the PTA for all their work and to all those who helped with and supported the Fashion Show.
Setting up for the Fashion Show
Ready for the catwalk
Fashions from Angelic Boutique, Banbridge
Children's Fashions from Calini, Banbridge
Fashions from LK Bennett, Outlet, Banbridge
Fashions from Olsen Outlet, Banbridge
Children's Sportswear from Shoefair @Donaghys, Banbridge
Pupils modelling the winning designs from the
Fashions from Dresscode, Banbridge
Children's Fashions from Tesco, Banbridge
Fashions from Martha Jayne's, Rathfriland
Members of the Schomberg Society visited our school and we learnt about Ulster Scots people and traditions
Amazing Journey visited our school on 16th March
We enjoyed a Book Swap for World Book Day
Colleen Milligan, from Air Ambulance NI
was given a cheque for
The money was raised by:
Donations in Lieu of Christmas Gifts
Christmas Jumper Day
Carol Singing by Choir
Thank you to everyone for your generosity!
Bronte Primary has a adopted a Red Kite and named her Ruby.
She and her partner have a nest close to school.
Mr Alan Ferguson, the R Kite Project Officer for RSPB, presented the adoption certificate on Friday 9th February 2018
We enjoyed a fabulous Christmas Dinner
Thank you Mrs Megaw and all your helpers!!
We wore something Christmassy and raised money for Air Ambulance NI
Bronte Primary Choir Sang for the Residents of Rathfriland Manor
We collected 95 shoeboxes for Blythswood.
They will be sent to Bangladesh
Primary 7 helped load the Blythswood van with shoeboxes
We had a special Harvest Service on 25th October 2017 where each class took part.
Congratulations to all our
Book Fair Competition Winners!
Winners pictured with their
competition entries and prizes
Emily and Evie from Nursery
Anna and Charlie from P1
Lucy and Noah from P2
Hollie and Stafford from P3
Ella C and Ella F from P4
Nicola and Jonathan from P5
Tara and Rachel from P6
Lilia and Ellen from P7