What a busy week we have all had! As well as rehearsals for the Christmas Concerts, the children have been enjoying all sorts of exciting Christmas events.
On Monday, Hedgehogs Class went off in the minibus to Dell Farm, an outdoor education centre near Whipsnade Zoo, to take part in a Nativity Day. This involved meeting the farm animals, making Christmas crafts, having a picnic lunch, then re-enacting the Nativity story with real live animals in a farmyard barn setting! It was Otters turn on Thursday, and Squirrels will be going next Monday. Everyone agreed that it was a really special way to celebrate Christmas, and something that the children will always remember.
Tuesday night was the first of our two EBA Enterprise Restaurant evenings. The Year 5 and 6 children have worked so hard to produce a fantastic "real restaurant" experience for their parents. Everyone was greeted by the Maitre d' and offered pre-dinner nibbles, before being shown to their table by their waiter. The waiters explained the menu to their guests - just like in all the best high class restaurants - and diners enjoyed the beautifully cooked food! There were many compliments to the chefs... Between courses, parents were treated to musical entertainment. Friday night is the second Restaurant Evening, and the children are looking forward to doing it all over again.
On Thursday, the whole School walked to St Mary’s Church for a Christingle service. The children listened to the vicar talk about the meaning of Christmas and there was time for some lovely singing, before everyone held a Christingle - an orange, with a flickering candle. The beauty of the church lit by candlelight, and the looks of awe on the children's faces made it a very moving afternoon.