Ballymena Primary School's 170 year heritage

Rachel McNabb

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Rachel McNabb

WHILE some people prefer to hide their age each birthday Ballymena Primary School has been letting the town know exactly how old it is.

As part of plans to mark the school's 170 year heritage the Primary 6 and 7 children have been busy learning about the huge history the school has in the town of Ballymena.

Every child in the school has drawn their image onto a banner in an effort to mark the 170 years that the school has been educating the children of Ballymena and its outlying areas.

Principal Mrs E Ritchie said: “The school is a very different place today than when it opened its doors in May 1849 and it enjoys all the benefits of a modern curriculum, with successes experienced in the academic, sporting and dramatic realms.”

 Mrs Ritchie and co-ordinator of Art, Mrs I. Moffatt have initialised an Art competition running throughout the school.

As part of the initiative children form Primary 2 and 3 classes recently presented their entries before judging takes place next week.

“The banners and competitions indicate the start of many celebrations within and outside of the school marking this amazing milestone in the history of the town,” Mrs Ritchie concluded.

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