Junior school pupils had an action packed schedule in December as they welcomed in Christmas with nativities, pantomimes, discos and a carol service – as well as doing lots for charity.
Cracking charity efforts
For the past four years, our boys and girls have been supporting Key 103’s Mission Christmas campaign by bringing in toys which are then delivered to local children living in poverty.
This year, the pupils have surpassed themselves with their generosity and on 16 December, 10 year six pupils travelled to the Mission Christmas HQ near the Trafford Centre with deputy headmaster Mr Simon Milnes. They dropped off their presents and were interviewed by presenters Mike Toolan and Gemma Atkinson live on air.
Mission Christmas was not the only charity that benefitted from the pupils’ hard work and kind heartedness. Pupils raised money for children’s cancer charity Francis House by selling Christmas beanies and the Salvation Army was given presents that will be delivered to families in Stockport.
Finally, brothers Jack and Will Dyson had the great idea of holding a reverse advent collection to accumulate donations which would help support people in need, whether they be homeless, struggling families or single parents.
They decorated a large box with a countdown calendar and pupils dropped off donations each day until the collection date.
Junior school pupils and their families celebrated Christmas with a carol service on 13 December.
After a welcome from headmaster Mr Tim Wheeler, the junior school choir opened the service with the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ before being joined by the rest of the congregation.
During the service, years five and six sang ‘Christmas Bells’ and ‘Jesus was Born in a Stable’, years three and four sang ‘Rise Up Shepherd’, ‘ Do You Hear What I Hear’ and they were accompanied by the orchestra for ‘Hush, Little Baby’, whilst the junior school choir gave a rendition of ‘Jesus is Born’.
Readings were delivered by Amelie Batey, Lilah Vidler, James Carr, Alice Finnie, Jessica Jones, Adina Vidler, Lara-Nicole Hambleton and Darcy Breen and head girl and head boy Libby Goodman and Callum Horsley said prayers.
The school chaplain Reverend Liz Leaver conducted a Christmas blessing before proceedings were concluded with the congregation singing ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’.
Nursery and reception children gave an all singing, all dancing performance of the traditional nativity with a twist featuring a naughty angel who couldn’t seem to stop herself making mistakes and being clumsy. Things took a turn for the better when she ended up delivering the all-important news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds and the Wise Men.
Pupils in years one and two had a whale of a time performing ‘Lights, Camel, Action’ which featured performances from the angels, stars, innkeepers, snowmen, shepherds, Wise Men and Mary and Joseph in front of an X-Factor style panel of judges.
Our nursery, reception, year one and year two pupils watched The Theatre Company perform an action-packed version of ‘Dick Whittington’ in the senior school hall.
The children were invited to get fully involved in the performance and shout out warnings whenever they thought trouble was brewing for Dick and his cat as they tried to make a success of themselves in London.
Years three, four, five and six were treated to shows from the West End Theatre Company who performed Christmas songs and stories to get the boys and girls into a really festive mood!
Dancing at the disco
Pupils from nursery to year six got their dancing shoes on in the last week of term as they took part in a number of discos. The boys and girls have worked so well this term and the discos were a perfect reward for all of their hard work.
The children were very excited to have the chance to let their hair down, show off their best moves and sing along. All year groups displayed silky footwork, with conga lines, breakdancing and ‘Gangnam Style’ all making regular appearances!
On 13 December, reception classes took part in elf activities all day. This included making pizza in the shape of Christmas trees and decorating it with cheese stars and peppers as tinsel and making reindeer cupcakes with Curly Wurlys as antlers and cherries as noses.
They also played elf number games on the number grid in the playground and decorated their own stockings with glitter.