16th December 2019
Christmas is a fantastic time to be in school! Throughout December there are a range of different activities that are part of our Christmas celebrations. To encourage our children to think about others, when they are all busy thinking about their own Christmas list, we organise a reverse advent calendar and throughout December we have a basket in the school entrance hall to collect food and Christmas items for the local families in crisis. Between us, we try to add something to our basket every day to help those less fortunate than ourselves to have a Christmas. The contents of the collection was taken to the food bank in All Saints Church during our end of term service, in time for Christmas.
No school celebrations would be complete without a Christmas lunch and at Barrington we have a school tradition linked to the Christmas pudding. The mixture is taken round the whole school and every adult and child in the building is able to close their eyes, stir the pudding and make a wish. After lunch we then have our traditional talent show where children have the chance to act, sing dance to entertain the rest of the school – this year with a return of our special guest judge – Eddie the reading dog!!
Every class has a Christmas party – complete with a visit from Father Christmas. This year the party was on the same day as our end of term celebration. The children are able to vote for the celebration they would prefer and this term it was a landslide victory for a wear your pyjamas to school day – which meant that it was quiet surreal when Father Christmas came to visit the parties –it felt like Christmas morning – except with rather a lot of children!
The term finished with our traditional Christmas service in All Saints Church led by the oldest and youngest children in the school; the Year 6 children read the story of the nativity, while the children from Red Class form a living tableaux to illustrate it.