Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Whirlwind Week Of Wonder In The Nursery
The final week of term has been an extremely busy and fun-packed one for the youngest children at pre-prep. On Monday, they they began the week with a wonderful visit to a pantomime performance of Robin Hood in the theatre. They were then treated to equally entertaining performances from some of the older pre-prep classes, giving them the opportunity to attend dress rehearsals of the Christmas performances of the older children; with many able to see their siblings performing. Away from the stage, Christmas lunch was a major highlight as always, as the children tucked into traditional turkey with all the trimmings, festively dressed in their Christmas jumpers. Already full of excitement, the children had a Christmas party and were thrilled when a very special visitor dressed in red arrived on a tractor and trailer (his reindeer were resting ready for their big night on December 25) accompanied by his trusty elf. The eager youngsters chatted enthusiastically to Father Christmas and his helper, telling them all about what they have been doing over the past few weeks and asking lots of questions about Christmas and the North Pole, before singing a beautiful rendition of Little Donkey to their festive guests and finishing off with We Wish You A Merry Christmas. The run up to Christmas is always such a magical time in Early Years and the enthusiasm, excitement and joy we see in the Nursery children at this time of year is so hard to beat.
Sam Forster, Head of Early Years
Party Time As Reception Sign Off In Style
As the year draws to a close, the Reception children have celebrated a successful first term with a wonderful Christmas party and lots of yuletide crafts. Bedecked in their favourite Christmas jumpers and with their tummy’s filled with a sumptuous Christmas lunch, an excitable group of four and five-year-olds got into the mood of the season with a twist on traditional party games. They enthusiastically played ‘musical snowmen’, ‘Reindeer, reindeer, Rudolph’ and ‘Santa says’, followed by plenty of opportunities to show off their very best dance moves to some favourite festive tunes. As the children began to tire, spirits were quickly lifted with the arrival of a very special visitor. With a “ho ho ho” and a wave of his hand, Father Christmas and his elf said their goodbyes to the delighted children, but not before handing out presents to all of the excited children. What a fabulous end to the term for a group of children who have embraced not only the magic of Christmas but all that pre-prep has to offer.
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Fabulous End To The Term For Festive Year 1
What an amazing and busy end of term it’s been for Year 1! The children have had a wonderful time preparing for Christmas; throwing themselves into all the associated fun and joyous festive activities that our lovely school has to offer. And the excited boys and girls really outdid themselves in the Year 1 Christmas performance in the theatre. They diligently learnt their lines, projected their voices and sang their hearts out in front of their appreciative mums and dads. We were all extremely proud of them and they should all be extremely proud of themselves. The Year 1 team wish you all a happy and safe holiday and look forward to welcoming you all back in January for the start of the Spring Term.
Rachael Berry, Year 1 Class Teacher
Year 2 Star In Baa-rilliant Christmas Play
After much preparation, fine tuning of festive songs and last minute stage-hand support, the Year 2 children performed their incredible musical Christmas production of ‘Hey Ewe!’ The theatre was absolutely packed and the audience were out of their seats prancing, jitterbugging and boogying to the children’s take on Gospel Blues. All the children sang beautifully, looked outstanding in their festive costumes, and those that wanted to have speaking parts did so clearly and fluently. While the story was unfolding magically, a few tears of pride and joy from the watching mums and dads could be seen glistening in the production spotlights. All the Year 2 staff, Mrs O’Brien and Mrs Hall, who supported the children with their music, were so proud and pleased that the end of the Autumn Term could finish on such a high. The children have worked tirelessly this term but are already excited at the prospect of blasting off and exploring the depths of space in the new year when they launch into their next celestial topic, ‘Up, Up and Away’. Merry Christmas to all from the Year 2 team.
Charlie Millsom, Head of Year 2
Year 3 Christingle Brings Much Comfort And Joy
There was huge excitement on Tuesday afternoon as Year 3 put the final touches to their symbolic Christingles before heading up to the chapel dressed in their full and smartest school uniform. The weather was cold and frosty and provided the perfect backdrop to a magical evening. As always, the children have been working really hard in their music lessons to learn all the tricky words and songs (including one in Spanish), and this was evident in their high-quality and well-polished performance. The children read clearly, spoke out confidently, and sang like the angels they are! It has to be said that this year’s Christingle was one of the absolute best and it brought a festive tear of joy to the eyes of many a parent and teacher. Mrs Baber was fulsome in her praise of the children; thanking them and the wonderful Mrs Hall for a sparkling performance, congratulating them especially on the joy that was evident in their beautiful singing. The Year 3 team would like to wish everyone glad tidings and a well-earned Christmas holiday, and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2023!
Steph Turner, Year 3 Class Teacher