It was a case of out with the old and in with the new for pupils at Spittal Primary this week.
The kids said a fond farewell to their old building last week before starting life in their new, modern facility on Monday. The new building features a gym, dining hall, IT suite, a learning area and mezzanine area.
The teachers made the move last Wednesday with the pupils following them a few days later. Such was the excitement about the new building, the children even gave an impromptu three cheers when they entered for the first time, much to the amazement of head teacher, Lorna Hunter.
Lorna added: “The new building is gorgeous, it’s stunning and the children are so excited.”
There has been a hint of sadness about the move, as the pupils said goodbye to the building that had been home to Spittal Primary for over 50 years. To mark the occasion, the school held a special concert with parents and teachers packing out the old hall.
Every pupil was involved with each class singing songs from the five decades Spittal has been open.
That meant songs from the likes of The Beatles, Queen, Katy Perry and even Bob the Builder.
Lorna said: “I actually found an old log from the 70s when the head teacher took a note of what happened every day and they were writing about a school show that was packed. It was nice to carry on that tradition.”
Christine Sharkey, chair of the Spittal Parent Council, said: “It was fantastic.
“The kids were brilliant. They performed farewell songs at the end, it was a great show. It’s sad to see the old building go , but it’s good to get the new building as well.”