Christmas is always a busy and exciting time at a primary school and preparations for Christmas 2021 were no different, although, of course, precautions were taken to ensure that Covid safety was upheld at all times.
The Christmas Market on 3rd December was a resounding success, although a very different presentation from previous markets, once again to ensure safety for all. Friends of Ryhall Academy (FORA) worked really hard, with staff, to raise funds for the school and this is very much appreciated.
Tuesday, December 14th saw Key Stage 1 children perform a fabulous Nativity play. Reception children made charming angels and sheep and Year 1 and Year 2 children played their parts extremely well, be they innkeepers, shepherds, kings, narrators, Mary, Joseph, Herod, angels, stars or indeed a donkey and camels. The singing was fabulous and the true meaning of Christmas shone through alongside a huge amount of warmth, excitement and enthusiasm. The Nativity was filmed rather than having a live audience and will be a delight to all that see it.
Christmas Dinner was enjoyed on the 16th December. Christmas jumpers were much in evidence and the children had great fun at their Christmas parties in the afternoon.
The children have been thinking of others, too. They took part in a Reverse Advent Calendar. This meant that gifts were brought in daily for Stamford Food Bank. A substantial amount was collected. A wonderful sum in excess of £170 was donated to the Children’s Society from donations at our two Christingle services, to further the work of the society in helping children at risk. How lovely to begin the Christmas season by thinking of others and bringing gifts to support them. Once again, the true meaning of Christmas was demonstrated at our C of E Academy.