“AND so, Christmas has officially arrived! With all our resolve, we held back until the 1st December but now we are fully immersed in learning the story of Christmas, rehearsing for our Cathedral Service, and decorating our classrooms. Woven within all this jollity is, of course, our learning! Story writing, role play, advent calendar maths, the science of snow and the poetry of dastardly dragons have captured imaginations and answered curious questions this week.

“In our assembly on Monday, we discussed the idea of inclusion and how we celebrate and respect difference, and that through conversation and friendship, we can learn so much about each other that is interesting, unique and valued. We also announced that our Acremont children had voted to select the Blue Cross charity as our chosen charity for the year. The chosen buddy bench design also reflected the children’s passion for animals. The bench will have an owl and squirrels carved at each end, and will hopefully be with us by the end of term.

“One of our much-loved Christmas activities is the annual Year 2 visit to the Principal’s house, Queen’s Hall, to decorate the enormous Christmas tree there. Mr and Mrs Attwater welcomed in our Year 2 carol singers yesterday and everyone enjoyed a festive hour of decorating, Christmas stories and biscuit treats. Not to miss out on special moments, Reception and Year 1 children decorated the tree in the hallway at Acremont with great excitement to the tunes of Mrs Lever’s ‘Best Christmas Album Ever’! The Year 2 elves are also hard at work at this time of year delivering the festive greetings cards posted in the Acremont post-box.

“We have everything crossed that we may be able to welcome you to our Christmas Service at the Cathedral on Thursday afternoon. Thank you so much to all our families who are taking such care to keep potentially poorly children at home as Covid and its variants continue to play a significant part in our planning and daily decision making. Whilst we rejoice in the prospect of performing and coming together to celebrate this very special event in our calendar, we really do wish you, your family and our staff, a safe and healthy holiday season.

“And finally, we are all greatly looking forward to our festive jumper day and Christmas lunch next Friday. We look forward to seeing the brightly coloured array of festive accessories to the school uniform on Friday morning and of course, enjoying the delicious roast dinner prepared by our dedicated catering team!”

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