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Christmas cards from Bucharest December 21, 2008

Filed under: Christmas — ivasil @ 8:58 pm

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Class 6C, School no. 92, Bucharest


I nostri “lavoretti”natalizi /Our Christmas little gifts

Filed under: Christmas — Gina @ 4:57 pm

Tradizionalmente , nella nostra scuola, gli insegnanti e gli alunni di ogni classe preparano insieme dei “lavoretti” natalizi, piccoli doni che ogni bambino porterà a casa, l’ultimo giorno di scuola prima delle vacanze  natalizie, e darà ai propri genitori.

Traditionally, in our school, the teachers and the pupils of each class made together some Christmas ” little works”, little gifts that each child will bring home, in the last day before Christmas holidays, and will give their parents.

Ecco cosa è stato realizzato quest’anno / Here’s what was made this year:

Scuola Primaria “A.Ciancia” – Francavilla in Sinni(PZ) – Italia


Alberi, Presepi e Decorazioni natalizie/ Trees, Cribs and Christmas Decorations

Filed under: Christmas — Mario @ 3:04 pm

Dai primi giorni di dicembre fino all’ultimo giorno prima delle vacanze natalizie, gli alunni di tutte le classi della nostra scuola primaria “A. Ciancia” e della scuola dell’infanzia “G. Rodari” sono stati impegnati in attività  didattiche riguardanti il Natale. Insieme agli insegnanti, nelle varie classi, hanno addobbato alberi, allestito presepi, decorato le finestre, realizzato biglietti augurali e piccoli regali con le proprie mani per i loro genitori, intonato canti natalizi, preparato drammatizzazioni, imparato poesie, ricercato informazioni… il tutto per vivere tutti insieme, nel modo più consapevole e sentito,  questo particolare momento dell’anno.

From the first days of December till the last day before the Christmas holidays, the pupils of all the classes of our “A. Ciancia” primary school and of the”G. Rodari” infant school were busy in didactical activities referred to Christmas. With all the teachers , in the various classrooms, they put up trees, set up cribs, decorated windows, made Christmas cards and little gifts with their own hands for their parents, sang Christmas carols, prepared dramas, learnt poems, searched information … everythings to live all together, in the most conscious and heartfelt way, this particular time of the year.

Ecco alcune foto/Here are some photos:

ll clima di preparazione al Natale  non è stato vissuto dagli alunni  solo a scuola ma anche nelle proprie case. Anche lì, ognuno ha preparato il proprio presepe, il proprio albero, le proprie decorazioni in attesa del grande evento. I bambini della classe 5^B hanno fotografato alcuni dei loro preparativi.

 The Christmas preparation atmosphere hasn’t been lived by the pupils only at school but in own homes as well. Also there, each one prepared his own crib, his own tree, his own decorations waiting  for the great event. The class 5 B children photographed some of their preparations.

Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia” Francavilla in Sinni(PZ) – Italia


Our folk costumes December 20, 2008

Filed under: Christmas,events,Old traditions,Traditional costumes — LL @ 8:43 pm

A few months ago, our Romanian colleague here, Irina, from Bucharest wrote an article about our folk costumes.

They are different in each region of Romania. Here is a photo of our six graders wearing them for the Christmas party we have every year at school.


The folk costume from Bukovina (our region) is interesting from the point of view of the decoration through simplicity and sobriety, the main colours being  most of the times red, black and white, although more recently other colours have been added (blue and orange, for instance).

Liliana&the kids


Our preparations for Christmas

Filed under: Christmas — philjohnson @ 3:07 pm

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:


15-12- 2008

The children have made beautiful shiny (silver, gold) Christmas cards for their parents. I asked the children to think of THREE things to thank their parents for (not just material things but also those which cannot be bought with money – care, attention, love, etc.) and also ONE thing they would promise to do for their parents next year. (tidy their bedroom, look after a younger brother / sister or even a pet)


xmasc4Some 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 !”

xmasc12A scene of a Pantomime we saw

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
Pussycat Dolls
Girls Aloud
 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
Saturday Night
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.


18 12-2008

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
Jingle Bells
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



Our Christmas Carol for you December 19, 2008

Filed under: Christmas — LL @ 7:26 pm

Here’s a Romanian carol performed by our 6th graders.

Liliana&the kids


Le nostre cartoline di Natale/Our Christmas cards

Filed under: Christmas — Gina @ 4:51 pm

Per Natale abbiamo preparato le cartoline natalizie  per augurare a tutti  buon Natale.   /For  Christmas  we made  Christmas  cards  to wish everyone merry Christmas .

Classe 5^B- Scuola Primaria “A.Ciancia”-Francavilla in Sinni (PZ)- Italia