STAFF and pupils at Peterhead’s CC’s had twice the reason to celebrate recently as Halloween landed on the after school club’s first anniversary.
The club’s children, as well as members of staff, donned spooky costumes and enjoyed party games and a birthday cake as part of the double celebration last Monday.
Launched in conjunction with Clever Tots Nursery in 2010 with just eight children, the club has gone from strength to strength.
Just one year on, the club regularly looks after up to 16 children from schools around Peterhead and Boddam, with several more waiting for a place.
Manager Andrew Brown collects the children from their schools and takes them back to the club at the town’s Wilson Street until their parents are ready to collect them.
Each child is encouraged to complete any homework they may have been set and has access to the internet.
There is also an outdoor play area.
Andrew said that it had been “fairly hectic” putting the club together but that it had been an “exciting” year with a “brilliant bunch of kids.”
He said: “It’s been a really good year. The club has gone from strength to strength. The kids enjoyed a brilliant Red Nose Day earlier in the year and are looking forward to a visit from Pudsey in the coming weeks. It’s all go.”
Dad to Sara (7) and Aaran (3), Andrew hopes to convey a message of charity and encourage caring for others as the children celebrate Children in Need later this month.
He also emphasises the importance of environmentalism as the club works with Peterhead Projects to portray a ‘green’ message.
Clerkhill Primary School pupil Leona Simpson (8) said that she loved coming to CC’s after school and had enjoyed the club’s joint Halloween-Birthday party.
She said: “We all love Andrew’s cracking jokes.”
Enquiries are welcome and separate places are available for holiday periods.
Andrew, who has 25 years experience in child care, added: “We look forward to developing the club further.”