YOUNGSTERS had a golden celebration as their school picked up a top award.
New York Primary in North Shields held the event after its nursery achieved gold standard in the ‘Communication Friendly Awards’.
The mark the occasion, staff officially opened the Foundation Stage outdoor area and turned on their new play stream for the first time.
Parents also took part in the celebration while a Peppa Pig-style character made an appearance for the children.
Older pupils celebrated Creative Partnership projects and were joined by a break-dancer teaching routines.
A horticultural artist helped develop the ‘Forest School’ area with children, culminating with a fire round a fire pit and baking bread.
The Communication Friendly Award, which will be presented to the nursery, recognises the school’s efforts to support children to become effective and confident communicators, and is assessed by North Tyneside’s Speech and Language team.
The award takes into account how well the learning environment of the nursery supports and encourages communication, as well as the skills of staff.
Lesley Colthart, headteacher, said: “We are delighted to receive this award, which demonstrates the strength of partnership between New York Primary School, New York and Moor Park Children’s Centre and Little Apple Day Nursery.
“It is a testimony of staff effort and enthusiasm which has gone into providing such an exceptional, exciting environment for our children.
“This is an inspirational time for the school, with so many communication projects happening, and we’re delighted to be able to share our achievements.”