Nursery & Pre-Prep Pupils Graduate with First Class NBH Honours

Last week proved an extra special end of term for North Bridge House Nursery and Pre-Preparatory Schools’ Reception and Year 2 pupils, who reaped awards for their academic achievements in the schools’ first ever graduation ceremony. The occasion marked the end of an era for the two year groups of children, ranging from just four to seven years old, who will move to new school sites in September having reached outstanding levels of attainment over the past year.

Two Ceremonies, 200 Graduates

With close to 100 pupils in either year group – each sporting little mortarboards and surrounded by proud parents and family – the day was split into two ceremonies, which were held on the Nursery School’s sun-drenched playground.

The morning saw North Bridge House Nursery School’s children graduate first, commended by Head Teacher Mrs Christine McLelland and their fond class teachers, who presented each pupil with a graduation certificate. Upon reflection of the children’s academic and personal development over the last year and since they started at the school, Mrs McLelland said:

“This event is a celebration of all your progress since you joined us here at NBH and to wish you all well on the next stage of your journey; we look forward to so many of you continuing your success at the Pre-Prep in September.”

As well as enjoying recognition for their excellent progress in reading, writing and maths, pupils and their parents shared many fond memories of school trips, guest visits, sporting events, concerts, workshops and much more.

Awards and Anecdotes

The afternoon session celebrated the achievements of NBH Pre-Prep’s Year 2 children, for whom there was an additional prize giving as well graduation.  Pupil representatives had written speeches which thanked their emotional teachers and had the whole crowd in fits of laughter over tales of funny class moments.

Amongst the many awards, prizes were picked up for reading – specifically for a reading age six years above the pupil’s actual age – writing, maths, french, art, music and PE. Individual members of each class were also presented with trophies for their outstanding attitude to learning over the year.

The ceremony reflected on the children’s great achievements across the diverse curriculum, from coding and creating algorithms in computing, to emulating Van Gogh and Matisse through to Chris Drury and William Morris in art – and producing a Summer Art Exhibition to rival the Royal Academy.

Speaking on the children’s linguistic skills, both domestic and academic, Mrs McLelland said:

“So many of you speak more than one language – something we really value at this school: Diversity.”

Music Performances

Head of Music, Mr Jones took great pride in conducting a few of the children’s most memorable songs, ending with the school anthem and pupils’ favourite, ‘Power in Me’. The ceremony could not draw to a close without mention of the children’s incredible fundraising efforts, which have seen the young philanthropists raise thousands of pounds for charity through all manner of fun and memorable events, such as the Extreme Readathon where pupils took to reading on camels, horseback and even in the washing machine!

Head Teacher Christine McLelland concluded:

“It’s been so special to see the children beaming from ear to ear, rewarded for their efforts, and today has just gone to show that happiness really is the key to successful learning here at North Bridge House.”