What a busy term we have had leading up to Christmas! The children attended a Remembrance Service outside the church in Tillingham in November and stood really nicely listening to the older children reading their stories and poems before two minute silence was held after the bells rang at 11 a.m. We had a pyjama day to raise some money for Children in Need and a Christmas Jumper Day to raise some money for Save the Children, so thank you to everyone who took park and contributed to these wonderful charities. The children visited St Nicholas school to watch their Christmas Nativity on the last Monday of term and sat beautifully throughout the show. They have also busy making Christmas crafts to take home to their parents/carers as well as practicing songs for their own nativity play, ‘Leo the little star’. The last day of term arrived with the staff were wearing their smart new Elf outfits, the children were dropped off by their parents/carers to get ready for the big performance! Steph and Susie stepped in at the last minute to become sheep due to some children being off! We also had Leo the little star, his ‘parents’, shepherds, big angel, God, little angels, Mary, Jospeh, donkeys, stars and wise men to get dressed! Once we were ready and all the parents/carers were seated the show began! The children all stayed with their allotted Elf and performed their parts fantastically well, sang beautifully and some even had a little dance during the performance! After the rapturous applause had died down and the photo calls had finished, the party got started. The children’s entertainer was fantastic and he kept the children’s attention with games, tricks, balloons and even some snow! We had a visit from Mother Christmas who came with a huge sackful of presents and reindeer food and all the children came out smiling after seeing her! This year we were lucky to also have had a face painter who had a constant queue of children and worked really hard to get through them all in time, so many thanks to Hayley Smith who gave her services for free! The committee members had been working hard too behind the scenes in the kitchen to get refreshments ready for the adults and food ready to serve the children. The children all sat down to some lovely party food/drink which was provided by all the parents/carers and while they ate the raffle took place. Thank you to everyone for their contributions for raffle prizes which were fabulous. Hope you were lucky!! Thanks to all who helped to make it such a wonderful day! The new term starts on the 2nd January 2018. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!