Murphy congratulates Jack and Jill Preschool on 50th anniversary

George Murphy, MHA, St. John’s East
Private Member’s Statement
Murphy congratulates Jack and Jill Preschool on 50th anniversary

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate a business in my district which celebrated fifty years of operation since September of this year.

Jack and Jill Nursery and Kindergarten was opened in September 1963 by Jean Barnes, who had been Principal of Winterton private school.

The school originally had two classrooms in St. Thomas’s Parish Hall, a nursery class of three- and four-year olds and a kindergarten class which was more attractive to many parents than the alternating schedule for kindergarten in the public system.

In the early 1970s, Jack and Jill relocated to St. Michael’s Parish Hall. In 1982 it moved again to its current home in St. Mark’s Parish Hall on Logy Bay Road. It discontinued kindergarten classes and became Jack and Jill Preschool in 1986. In 1991, Joanne Kavanagh, who became the owner and operator in 2009, started working there.

Today, Jack and Jill Preschool has morning and afternoon classes for forty-nine students, some of whom are the children of those who attended Jack and Jill in their early years.

I ask all hon. members to join me in congratulating everyone at Jack and Jill Preschool on a successful fifty years of operation.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

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