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Gowns and hats for Green Lane pre-school pupils’ graduation ceremony

PUBLISHED: 16:33 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:48 12 July 2016

Green Lane pre-schools pupils with their diplomas at the nursery's graduation ceremony. 
Left to right: Siya, Anna, Leah-Tara, Simran, Jai and Livleen.

Green Lane pre-schools pupils with their diplomas at the nursery's graduation ceremony. Left to right: Siya, Anna, Leah-Tara, Simran, Jai and Livleen.

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Dressed from top to toes with bright green gowns and hats, 70 three and four-year-olds picked up their end of year diplomas at their first graduation ceremony.

About 50 children at the Green Lane pre-school, Green Lane, Goodmayes, celebrated the end of their time at nursery on Friday as they will be going to primary school in September.

Parents organised a bric-a-brac stand and face painting and there were stalls full of homemade food, which helped raise more than £200 for the Haven House Children’s Hospice, based in Woodford Green.

Managers Kay Hackett and Lisa Hayes agreed to the event following a request from parents earlier this year.

Bhavna Bhalfod, a parent who coordinated the organisation of the graduation event, said: “I wanted to thank the managers for allowing us to organise such a successful event, where all the parents came together.

“I would also like to thank all the parents for their efforts and hard work.”

Ms Hackett said: “This is the first time we have done it and it was a success.

“We wanted this to be enjoyable for everyone and we didn’t want children to feel anxious about it.

“There were mums, dads and siblings and we all came together - there isn’t that many times when we can do that in a nursery. It felt like a community day.

“Some of them had been with us since they were babies and so we appreciated parents wanted to mark the end of their nursery years.”

The ceremony took place in the nursery’s new after school club building, which opened in July.


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