Before we descend too far into the Christmas mayhem, it might be useful to have a post setting out all the activities and events organised as part of our end of term festivities.
On Tuesday 27thNovember we welcome acclaimed Anglo-Welsh folk duo String Beats. The group, an eclectic combination of vocal ‘beat-boxing’ and violin, are performing at the Shrewsbury Music Festival and we have managed to book our own performance at school at 9am for all children.
On Friday 30thNovember there is a non-uniform day in support of the PTA Christmas Fair. Children are asked to bring in a prize for the tombola stall in return for a day off from school uniform.
Assembly on Tuesday 4thDecember will be in St Ruthen’s, Longden, celebrating the Advent season. Later that evening, at 7pm in The Tankerville, PTA are running a wreath-making workshop (details the PTA website).
On Wednesday 5thDecember, a small but select group of children will be singing at the Over 60s Christmas lunch. A letter will be sent home shortly for those children interested in bringing a bit of seasonal cheer to our older parishioners.
Oak Class are organising a Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 7thDecember (suggested donation of £1 towards our World Vision sponsored child, Amit). All children will be reciting their Christmas Poems at sharing assembly, 2.30pm. In the evening the PTA Christmas Fair is combining with our traditional musical mash-up, Winter Warmers, 5.30 - 8pm. All children who wish to perform should notify me in advance so I can arrange performance times.
On Wednesday 12thDecember Nursery will be performing their version of the nativity story in the school hall at 6pm. There will be refreshments after and a raffle.
There is no sharing assembly on Friday 14thDecember; there is a whole school Christmas Concert rehearsal on that day. Class teachers will be sending out costume notes beforehand and any other requests for props etc. This year, Willow, Maple and Ash are performing a musical version of the nativity called rather obscurely, The Nativity (very post-modern). Chestnut and Oak are presenting a musical version of the classic Charles Dickens’ Christmas story, Ebenezer. Tickets (free) for the performances are available via the Gazette in the week before.
Christmas Week (last week of term) starts on Monday 17thwith the community performance of the Christmas Concert to which all local senior citizens are welcome (and any who are unable to attend one of the two official performances). Refreshments will be served by the PTA following this performance. Full performances are on Tuesday 18that 1.15pm and Wednesday 19that 6.30pm (children to arrive at 6.10pm please). Christmas Lunch is on Wednesday 19thand our Christmas Treat, Sealegs Puppet Theatre’s Peter and the Wolf is on Thursday 20that 1.45pm to which all are welcome. Our festivities and term end on Friday 21stwith Carols in the Church, St Ruthen’s, Longden at 2pm (very limited space available).
This is a very special time in school but none of this would be possible without Santa’s Little Helpers. A list of jobs will be published in the Gazette and we warmly encourage you to join in on any or all of these events.