Tis the season to be jolly

Upper Nursery began the Christmas festivities by performing their nativity to their parents, relatives and friends.  Over the last 6 weeks, each child has learnt their songs and enjoyed dressing up in beautiful costumes in preparation for their big day.  The children performed with confidence and enthusiasm and clearly showed their enjoyment by the smiles on their little faces.  Many proud parents commented on how well the children behaved.

Following on, Lower Nursery had their chance to shine as they sang along to traditional favourites such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and Away in a Manger.  With the help of children from the Upper School they donned their robes, dressed as sheep and angels and excitedly took to the stage, first time for these little 2 year olds, and shine they did.

Reception then had their time in the spotlight and produced the most sparkling Nativity, ‘Shine Star, Shine!’ This was a delightful take on the traditional Christmas story with a star taking the lead.  The big star needs to show the way to the stable where a special baby has been born, but there’s one problem; she can’t shine.

Her friends, the other stars, try all they can to make her believe she can shine and when they lead her to the stable to see the baby she realises that Jesus’ love will give her the strength to shine again.

We have also had trips to the High View Oast Nursing Home.  Residents were thrilled to be entertained by our younger children from Reception (a first for them) who sang them a collection of Christmas Carols, and later they were enchanted by the chamber choir.

50 years of Christingle was celebrated during the final week of school, together with our final carol service of the year, which is always a very special treat.  During our last week of term, we have had a most delicious Christmas lunch, complete with crackers and comedy moustaches; Sycamore’s House treat, Years 1 and 2 entertained their parents with a very special Christmas spectacular; and to conclude, a professional theatre company visited to perform Aladdin, a very funny Pantomime. Wow! What a week.  Some very happy but tired children will be coming home tonight still, hopefully, wearing their Christmas jumpers.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.