Christmas Story Competition Winners

The last day of Autumn 2 was certainly a very busy one! As well as a visit from Santa, a magic show and lots of party food we had our annual ‘Carols Around the Tree’ assembly. What better time to announce the winners of the Christmas story writing competition than during the service!

Miss Lang was very impressed with entries from across the school and thoroughly enjoyed reading them all. It was an incredibly hard task to pick the winners but here they are….

Key Stage 1 – Zain (Willow)

On a snowy Christmas eve I woke up because I heard a bang. I got out of bed and climbed onto the roof. I was so upset to see Santa’s sleigh crashed. I went to help Santa and he told me the reindeer were hungry and couldn’t fly the sleigh. I went to the shop and bought some carrots. Then I gave the carrots to the reindeer. Then the reindeer could fly. Santa said “Thank you, please don’t tell anyone about this secret. You have saved Christmas!” Santa gave me a special present for saving Christmas.

 

Lower Key Stage 2 – Patrick (Rowan)

As Santa walked into the workshop of the elves, he noticed the elves were acting suspiciously. Santa said, in his booming voice “What are you up to you sneaky little elves?” From under a table, an elf with a good badge with the words ‘Area Chief’ upon it. Santa recognised the elf as Gilbert. Santa questioned Gilbert “What is going on here Mr Gilbert? What is all this sneaking around?” He could hear the other elves muttering amongst themselves/ Gilbert adjusted his hat nervously and started to stutter “It’s… a Christmas secret for you!” A grateful smile slowly appeared on Santa’s face.

 

Upper Key Stage 2 – Billie-Jean (Maple)

“Shhh, you’ll get us caught,” said the small mince pie to the big one. They were trying to get into the crisp drawer to be safe. Father Christmas knew they were moving but Nathan would eat them if he knew. On the roof above, the mince pies could hear Rudolph and the other reindeers’ feet clattering on the stone. Then it all went dark. Santa came down the chimney and into the kitchen. Are the carrots for the reindeers? he thought. Yes. He looked around for his pies. Where were they? “Mmmmm,” he loudly spoke, “that Nathan!”

 

The Overall Winner was…….. Michael (Elm)

Little Penguin met Santa on an icy day. Little Penguin slid on his tummy on the slippy ice. He crashed into Santa and they slid into an iceberg. “Sorry,” said Little Penguin. Santa told him a secret. Little Penguin was shivering so Santa took him to his workshop to warm up. It was great. Little Penguin helped Santa and Santa was proud of him for getting ready for Christmas. Little Penguin forgot the secret. Little Penguin was tired. Santa said “Remember I will give you a warm igloo for all your help!”

The winners were presented with a special Christmas gift for all their hard work! Well done to all those children who entered the story writing competition.

 

 

Nativities

The Nursery and Foundation Show ‘Angel Express’ told the story of a group of angels reading about Mary and Joseph who then practiced their song about the wonderful news.

The Key Stage One Show Mary’s Midwife Crisis told the story of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem whilst their very ‘helpful’ midwife and donkey tried to prepare for the arrival of the new baby to be born.

Our silver collection at the end of each performance raised over £440. The School Council are very grateful for all of the donations given; they will decide which charity to donate the money to in the New Year.

Reception Christingle

Reception would like to say a big thank you to Father David for teaching them all about the special meaning of a Christingle. The children listened really carefully as he explained the meaning of each part and then followed instructions extremely well to make their own. It was a lovely experience to light the candles altogether and say prayers to help us remember children less fortunate than us at Christmas. Reception would also like to thank William, the church organist who travelled all the way from Barnsley to play Christmas carols as we worked.

A Christingle consists of:
* an orange, which represents the earth;
* a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Christ;
* dried fruits skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons; and
* a lit candle pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world.

 

‘Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”‘ Luke 2:13-14

100 word Christmas story competition!

It was announced in assembly this morning that the library will have a story writing competition. If you would like to enter, you need to write a Christmas story which has the title ‘The Christmas Secret’. It can include characters and a setting of your choice and be of any style but the story can only be 100 words long!

If you would like to enter then please write your story onto an entry form along with your name, class and a colourful illustration.

‘The Christmas Secret’ Entry Form

There will be opportunities for each year group to go to the library on a lunchtime to write their stories. Entry forms must be handed to your class teacher by Wednesday 17th December.

Winners will be announced and presented with their prizes in our annual ‘Carols around the tree’ service on Friday 19th December.

I look forward to reading your stories!

Harvest Festival

The whole school came together this morning to celebrate our Harvest Festival. We were visited by Frances Atkins from the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank who gratefully received our food donation to help families in need. She was also delighted to accept a cheque for over £500 from money raised by our School Council and some bake sales in Key Stage Two!

The School Choir also sang to two songs, Lean On Me and Love Can Build A Bridge. Francis explained that the logo for the Bradford Food Bank has a bridge on it with two people meeting, one giving food to the other.

Click below to hear a preview of two of their Autumn Songs.

 

 

Year 6 led the assembly in preparation for their Harvest Worship at St Christopher’s Church on Sunday. The School Choir will also be singing some songs on Sunday too! Everyone is very welcome to come along too.

More information at the work Bradford Metropolitan Food bank do can be found at their website http://bradfordfoodbank.com/

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