I want to tell you about our way to spent the last days before Christmas through a kind of diary about our preparations for this festivity in this last week:
Some of our Christmas cards
Then this afternoon we were invited to the local high school to see a performance of Dick Whitington. (a pantomime, where the audience are expected to join in and sing and shout things !) It is set in the middle ages and a young, poor boy travels to London to find work. He finds love with Alice but first he has to fight off some cruel people who are selfish and intending to rob the people Dick works for. The cast sang a song from High School Musical and they even mentioned me ! “That guy in the audience with the long hair !”
When we returned to school, (and after the children had gone home) we had our first proper staff rehearsal of Cinderella. It is – yet again – a pantomime. The Prince cannot find a bride and so his mother and father, the King and Queen, organise a ball (large party) for him to meet – hopefully – a beautiful lady. It all turns out happily for him in the end, the rehearsals are very funny because we are all quite hopeless as actors and giggle too much ! The show takes place Thursday morning
16 – 12 – 2008
here’s today’s instalment of Christmas preparations :
a local church have sent cards for all the children,
the violin group (for Year 3 children – aged 7,8) are preparing for a concert for parents.
The choir over the next couple of days will be visiting an old persons’ (pensioners) retirement home across the road from the school. They will sing to the residents and also will be visiting a hospital about one mile from us (nearly two kilometres) from us and will sing to one of the wards there.
A second rehearsal takes place tonight (after school) for our staff who will perform ‘Cinderella’ on Thursday morning.
17 – 12 – 2008
today’s stuff :
the kids have brought in CD’s and they will decide the music for our dance party, yes I know it sounds like TOO much fun really but at least they’re keeping fit !
Their favourites seem to be :
High School Musical
and we have a DVD showing party dance moves which they can copy from the screen, they are :
Cha Cha Slide
The Ketchup Song
It’s A Tragedy
Achy Breaky Heart
Then we will finish the Nativity Story covering the Anunciation from Angel gabriel, the journey to Bethlehem, staying at the inn, the shepherds visited by the angel, fleeing Herod’s men.
Tonight is the final rehearsal of the Staff Band – yes there is a band !
1 piano, 1 keyboards, 3 flutes, 3 African drums and maybe 3 or 4 singers.
I’ll just tell you about tomorrow our last day of the year at school.
We start with ‘Wake Up Shake Up’, this happens every day from 8:30 – 8:50, 20 minutes exercise to music for those pupils who choose to participate. Just after 9:00 the pantomime will start, it is very silly and supposed to be funny – the audience are encouraged to shout things at the actors. Then the staff “Band” will play 5 songs which the children will join in with.
Oh Little Drummer Boy
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Later my class will have a little party in the class with pop, crisps, biscuits, some chocolate, this would be the ONLY day they would be allowed sweet things to eat during school time , at the end of the day they might be shown a film (or part of a film) as a treat such as Scrooge, Home Alone, Christmas with the Muppets, in other words a film with a Christmas theme.
By the way, tonight our primary school choir sing with other local primary schools at the local trinity Church. (It is Church of England)
So, I hope I have given you a flavour of what we do at Christmas.
One of our song with our Christmas tree and our Christmas cards
Phil and Class 4 -Churchfields Primary School-Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme -England – UK