Our countdown to Christmas continued last week with two amazing performances from our Key Stage 2 children. Their Snow White pantomime was a triumph with every person in Y6 getting up on stage and delivering a line. Some children really pushed themselves and there were many brilliant performances. The singing from Y3, Y4 and Y5 was of such high quality that it was a perfect accompaniment to the actors on the stage. Well done, everyone, you made us so proud!

Last week also saw the start of our whole-school enquiry in which we are researching how Christians use the arts to express their beliefs. Each class is taking an aspect of the Christmas story and looking at how it has been expressed in paintings, music or other art forms. The children are really enjoying the topic and have created some wonderful pieces of art. This Thursday we will be holding our celebratory event when each class will present their work to the rest of the school. I have been very impressed with the quality of work I have seen and the thoughtful responses the children give when considering their enquiry questions.

This week we will be holding our Christmas parties. The children in YR, Y1 and Y2 welcomed Father Christmas into school on Monday. They enjoyed meeting him and speculating on where he had parked his reindeers! The rest of the school will enjoy their parties on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday evening our choral group will be joining children from our music collaborative partners to sing at Bury Parish Church in aid of Bury Hospice. It is a lovely occasion and the children enjoy working with children from other schools. The group also visited Spurr House last week to sing for the residents there. Everyone who heard them sing reported how wonderful they were.

School will break up early on Friday. I will be spending my last day at Higher Lane Primary School on Wednesday this week. I have enjoyed working with the Higher Lane community and it has been a learning experience for me to work in a different setting alongside another experienced Headteacher. I am very much looking forward to returning full-time to Unsworth in January. As the term comes to an end I would like to send you best wishes on behalf of everyone at school and to thank you for your continued support.

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