Hazelwood Integrated College was bursting at the seams on Thursday, January 16, with hundreds of P7 pupils and their parents visiting for the annual Open Day.
Prospective students and their parents were able to watch a ‘chat show’ hosted by teachers Mr Reid and Mrs Donnelly, with special guests including Hazelwood principal Kathleen Gormley, member of staff and past pupil, Ciaran McEneaney and various students.
The visitors were also treated to a performance of ‘Dixieland Jazz’ by the college choir and a special performance of the UK award-winning Rock Challenge routine.
A spokesperson for the Whitewell Road school said that “record numbers” of prospective new students and their parents had attended this year’s event.
“The entire college was a hive of activity throughout the day,” she explained. “There were weird and wonderful experiments going on in the Science department, the P7 students had the opportunity to make their own monoprints in the Art department, they undertook fitness tests in PE and left with key-rings from the Technology department. In the ICT suite students used webcams to take photos and create postcards of their visit to the college.
“At the end of the evening everyone was buzzing with excitement at the prospect of welcoming a new cohort of Year 8’s in September, 2014 and parents and prospective students were in agreement that the open day had been extremely informative.
“One parent commented that the evening had been truly memorable and commended the staff and students for their fantastic efforts in providing a true taste of Hazelwood,” the college spokesperson added.
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