Our week has been filled with Christmas preparations, productions and performances. On Monday, Miss Geelan and I travelled with our choral group to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to entertain the patients and visitors with a repertoire of festive songs. The children were very excited to perform in public and they enchanted all who heard them. We also managed to raise some money for the hospital charity which is our charity of the year.
On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, parents and carers added to our charity collection at the end of the infant nativity,’Christmas with the aliens.’ Our children have worked very hard to learn their lines and the songs and we enjoyed two magical evenings watching them perform. It amazes us how much support we get at each performance. It means so much to the children when they see their adults watching them and it is a delight when they break off from their performance to give mum, dad or grandparents a wave!
On Friday, we all enjoyed our Christmas dinner in the hall. Our kitchen staff work so hard to make it a special occasion and the children love the fact that they can dance and sing for their dinner. They also enjoy that their ‘special waiters and waitresses’ are their teachers dressed in a range of silly hats! Great fun is had by all.
In between the activities, we continue to learn. We always plan a whole school enquiry for the last two weeks of the Autumn term. This ensures that learning takes place right up to the end of term and that we keep the children engaged despite the various distractions going on! If you follow our Twitter feed you will have seen the range of scientific investigations being carried out in each class. The results of these will be published on our website next week.
Next week we will be entertaining again with our junior panto,’Aladdin Trouble.’ We saw the dress rehearsal on Friday and we are in for a treat (oh yes we are!) We will also be having a special visitor on Monday and three Christmas parties. We will end the week by saying goodbye to our much-loved caretaker, Mr Dean. After 8 years at the school he will be retiring on Friday. He has worked so hard during his time at our school and showed nothing but kindness and good humour to our children and his colleagues every day. We will miss him very much but wish him all the best for his retirement. Thank you, Mr Dean.