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Preschool’s new image

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018

Happy Day Preschool and Long Day Care’s director Vicki Wallace and assistant director Amy Johnson with the school’s new sign. Happy Day Preschool and Long Day Care’s director Vicki Wallace and assistant director Amy Johnson with the school’s new sign.

By By Emily Roberts

The children at Happy Day Preschool are now enjoying new logos on all their uniforms after the school decided to update them.

Happy Day Preschool and Long Day Care director Vicki Wallace said they held a launch of their new logo yesterday.

The children at the preschool, parents, former staff and community members all took part in the morning.

“We loved our old logo, but we wanted to have a logo that represented our diversity,” she said.

“The service started in 1952, it was burnt down and rebuilt then reopened in 1958.

“So we’ve had the logo for most of that time, I think it’s been with us since the 1950’s.”

Ms Wallace said the preschool held a competition recently to encourage community members to design a new logo.

“The winning logo was by parent Sophie Steele.

“We chose the logo because it had a tree with different size footprints as leaves.

“We saw there was continuity with our trees. Trees are a symbol of knowledge, learning, stability and structure.

“They also represent wisdom and protection; which is what our community and families want for their children.”

Ms Wallace said the footprints were inclusive of the children’s different ages and cultures.

“We view it as children on a path to learning,” she said.

“Our new name is Happy Day Preschool and Long Day Care, as we have been a long day care for over 10 years.

“Our motto is ‘Every step is for learning’.

“We had a number of services, past staff members, life members and students attend the launch.

“We also unveiled our new sign.”

The idea for Happy Day Preschool started when three mothers met over coffee in the 1950s.

They decided to form the preschool and in 1952 made it a reality.

“It was opened in the old Congregational Church in Chloride Street with the first teacher and director Lorna Willoughby.”

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