Countdown to Christmas as Junior School pupils focus on charity and community
Christmas, charity and community have been the buzzwords in the Junior School over the past few weeks as they welcomed in the festive season.
Pupils donned creative costumes and delivered some wonderful acting performances during this year’s Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One nativities.
‘A Little Bird Told Me’ saw Early Years Foundation Stage boys and girls dress up as stars, birds, sheep, shepherds and much more as they performed the story of a little bird telling some exciting news about the birth of a very special King.
The Reception pupils loved dressing up. James Thompson said: “I was a dove and liked my wings” and Izzy Groom proclaimed: “I liked my dress.” Pre-Reception pupil Sam Pullen said: “I liked the songs and being in the big hall” whilst Jacob Tate declared: “It was very fun.”
Key Stage One pupils had the audience in fits of laughter as they delivered the ‘The Inn-Spectors’ nativity. Street sellers, shepherds, sheep and soldiers joined Mary, Joseph and a wise-cracking donkey as they dealt with health and safety conscious inspectors.
Year Two pupil Emma Pregnall said: “I enjoyed being an Inn-Spector and my family came to watch me”, Ryan Mehra declared the nativity “epic” and Rosie Lee added: “I had to concentrate as I was the introduction to the play. It was amazing!”
Over the last few years pupils have been bringing in presents as part of a Reverse Advent initiative where we donate the presents to charities. The boys and girls have been amazingly generous as usual and this year the donations are being divided between Key 103’s Mission Christmas and The Salvation Army. The children have also been busy bringing in items to pass on to Stockport foodbank to help the homeless.
Our youngest pupils, with the help of family members, wrote personalised Christmas Wishes to hang on the tree.
The boys and girls wrote some very heartfelt messages that focused on the meaning of Christmas and considered those less fortunate.
Singing in the Community
Thirty Year Three and Four pupils, who are part of the ‘Singing For Fun’ lunchtime club, visited an old people’s residence in Hazel Grove to sing to the residents.
The boys and girls regaled the captive audience with traditional Christmas carols, ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’. A few of the children sang solos and the Year Four children recited amusing Christmas poems.
The residents expressed great delight with the visit and asked us to visit them again next year.
Girls and boys ventured to the Main Hall to enjoy an enchanting performance of Cinderella.
With a flick of the fairy godmother’s wand and a little help from the children, Cinderella managed to meet her Prince Charming and leave behind her two wicked step sisters.
Pupils in Pre-Reception and Reception had fun during Elf Day as they baked Rudolph Cakes and Chocolate Crispy Christmas Cakes and made clay snowmen and paper elves.
The girls and boys loved wearing their Christmas hats and the day concluded with festive treats in the form of gingerbread biscuits and hot chocolate.
To celebrate Christmas Jumper Day, boys and girls pulled on some festive and colourful jumpers and raised money for Save The Children.
Whether it was Rudolph, Christmas trees or twinkling stars, the pupils certainly embraced the spirit of the day.
The pupils had a great time at the Stopfordian Parents’ Association’s annual Christmas Discos.
The hall was full of excited pupils and animated chatter as the girls and boys busted some moves, sang their hearts out and posed for the camera!