17th December 2021
Our luck finally ran out in December and we had our first COVID outbreak in school.
The absence of staff and pupils meant that we had to adapt some of our Christmas plans and the biggest casualty was the nativity play – we had so many key children missing and not enough staff to manage filming the production safely in class bubbles, that we sadly had to abandon our plans to film the nativity and stream it to families at home.
However we had our traditional Christmas tree, beautifully decorated with the decorations made by the children. We did manage to have our Christmas lunch and Christmas parties as normal and run the traditional Infant Fayre and raised £240 for Milton Children’s Hospice.
A tradition that we started a few years ago, is to have a reverse advent calendar in the school entrance hall during December; we set up a box for staff and pupils to donate food items for Christmas and we hope that by the end of term, we have a collection of festive fayre to take to a local food back. For the past couple of years, these have been taken next door to the village food bank and on the last day of term, I had help from a group of our older pupils to carry five boxes of food and Christmas treats to the food bank in the church.
This year we had to hold our end of term service on Zoom again, with the children in their separate classrooms and Rev. Felicity joining us from home. While it was lovely to be able sing carols and end the term together – nothing is quite the same as being together in the church.