Cracking Christmas fun
Junior School children threw themselves wholeheartedly into the festive season as they took part in a host of great Christmas events and activities.
The Junior School Carol Service at St George’s Church brought families together, and the autumn term to a close, ahead of the Christmas break.
The service started off with a congregational carol of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ followed by a variety of carols and readings by pupils.
For the finale, Year Six pupil Bea S opened the song ‘A Mother’s Child’ in solo before the rest of the Year Five and Six singers joined in.
The service concluded with prayers led by Head Girl Erin R and Head Boy Thomas S and a Christmas blessing delivered by the School Chaplain, Reverend Liz Leaver.
Year Three and Four’s Singing Group took to the road to bring Christmas cheer to a local old people’s residence in Hazel Grove.
The residents enjoyed a selection of classic Christmas songs such as ‘Away In A Manger’, ‘Little Donkey’ and ‘Once In Royal David’s City’, as well as two brand new carols learnt especially for the Carol Service.
In between songs the children recited humorous Christmas poems before finishing the afternoon with a rousing rendition of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.
The Christmas Wishes event, where parents, grandparents and other relatives joined pupils to help them write a special wish for the world, was a lovely family occasion.
The children were encouraged to write a special wish and it allowed them to reflect on the needs of others. Then then hung their wish on the Christmas tree before tucking into a gingerbread man and some juice.
The boys and girls also showed their families the work they have been doing in their books as the adults devoured some tasty mince pies.
Infants celebrated Elf Day with a myriad of fun and tasty activities.
Pre-Reception boys and girls took part in a Christmas Present race, designed glittery trees and created decorations.
They also made Christmas pudding Rice Krispie cakes by mixing melted chocolate and Rice Krispies which they topped with icing and a cherry.
In Reception, pupils designed stockings with sequins and glitter, decorated Christmas Tree biscuits, made glitter clay decorations and created popsicle reindeer and Christmas Tree ornaments.
Pre-Reception and Reception children demonstrated great confidence and dazzled audiences with their amazing performances of ‘Born In A Barn’.
Angels, kings, stars, shepherds and camels joined Mary, Joseph, innkeepers and a host of farmyard animals on the stage.
The boys and girls loved dressing up in the array of bright costumes and had fun learning their lines, songs and dances.
Year One and Two pupils performed ‘Children Of The World’, a play based on the different traditions observed at Christmas around the world.
The boys and girls learned how to say ‘Happy Christmas’ in several languages, sang songs with traditional tunes and danced in the style of the countries.
There were super duets during the songs and fabulous harmonies, finishing with an encore of the rousing gospel-style song ‘Come To The Manger’.
The Panto Company entertained pupils with a funny and energetic performance of their version of ‘Sleeping Beauty’.
Sorceress Vestra casts a spell on Aurora after the girl’s parents, King Humphrey and Queen Bea, forget to invite her to a party. The spell is so strong that the comical Fairy Nuff can only reduce its power.
The boys and girls enjoyed joining Giggles the Jester and his friends as the magical tale – with its specially made costumes, incredible scenery and up-to-date chart songs and dance routines – came to its conclusion.
Simply Books decorations
Sue Steel from Simply Books paid a visit to Reception, Year One and Year Two children and read ‘The Polar Express’ to them.
She also, as in previous years, asked our keen pupils to create decorations for her bookshop.
The boys and girls loved putting their artistic skills to use and the decorations look amazing hanging in the bookshop in Bramhall.
Pupils were certainly in fine voice as they danced and sang along with a host of festive and pop favourites at the Christmas Disco, which was hosted by the Stopfordian Parents’ Association.
Frozen’s Elsa made the trip from Arendelle for the party and the boys and girls loved turning the hall into a dancefloor!
The Infants also got in on the fun as they listened to music and played games in the Music Room and the hall.