Belfast Telegraph

‘Sad day’ as curtain falls on Beechfield Primary

by Michael Bashford

Beechfield Primary School has held its last ever school production before its doors close for good this summer.

Cinderella with a Twist involved performances from pupils, parents and teachers and took place at the school in Beechfield Street on Monday and Tuesday evening.

The script was written by Niki Doherty who has worked with the teachers and pupils in P4/5 and P6/7, and also assisted with the recent production of Dan Gordon's Ulster Scots play Clabberin Hitler wi' a Lemonade Bottle.

Principal Maureen Blacklaw said pupils, parents and teachers were all keen to be involved in the production.

“The parents took on the roles of the ugly sisters and the fairy godmother, while the cleaner and caretaker took on the role of Queen Blacklaw, the mother of Prince Charming,” she said.

“The pupils performed a few dance routines and attended the ball whilst the younger ones were mice.”

Also assisting in the production were the parents of St. Joseph's Primary School in Slate Street who continue to meet regularly with the parents of Beechfield for a range of projects throughout the year.

One of the parents involved in the Beechfield play said the production went “really well” but that it was a “sad time” because of the imminent closure of the school.

“Everyone loved both nights and it was a good send off,” she said.

“We are now planning for next Wednesday’s party at the school which is open to all the children at the school, from nursery up to P7, as well as their parents.”

Local politicians Dawn Purvis, John Kyle and principals and vice principals from Elmgrove Primary, Avoniel Primary St. Matthew's Primary and McArthur Street Nursery were among those who attended the production.

The school, which was first opened in 1938, has seen falling pupil numbers in recent years and follows the the closure of Mersey Street Primary School just a few years ago.

Mrs Blacklaw said everyone associated with school was “deeply saddened” by its imminent closure, “especially the parents who have always been extremely supportive and and stalwart in their efforts to maintain the school which they consider to be the heart of their community”.

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