The children have been learning about this festive period and how it is celebrated all around the world. There are some fascinating ways in which Christmas is celebrated and the foods that are eaten. Presents or gifts are given in many countries but not just by Father Christmas or Santa Claus. In Russia, the figure delivering presents is Babushka, meaning ‘grandmother’, and in Japan it is a Buddhist monk named Hotei-osho. In the UK, a traditional Christmas lunch would consist of turkey, potatoes, carrots, sprouts and ‘Pigs in Blankets!’ (delicious sausage meat wrapped in bacon) but in Australia, Christmas lunch may well be a barbecue at the beach.
We had two glorious productions this week starting with the KS1 (Y1 and Y2) production, ‘The Littlest Christmas Tree’ with a surprise appearance of Santa Claus at the end and then on Wednesday we enjoyed the EYFS play, ‘Ralph the Reindeer’. It is quite remarkable that our youngest children in the school have learnt so much English and are able to perform with such confidence recalling from memory a wide range of songs and tunes. Just what will these children achieve? You have wonderful children and together we are guiding them to become independent, confident individuals we can all be proud of.
I must thank all the teachers and staff at the end of such a long and busy term where their dedication and commitment to your children can be witnessed in the enjoyment of learning your children have and the positive caring relationships they share with each other. We hope you all have a relaxing break and look forward to seeing all the children return on Wednesday 6th January.
Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary