Before the term ends and we all wish each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, it is time to pause for a moment and reflect on the children’s development over the past term.
I am sure that for many of you the start of school in September seems like a distant memory. It is hard to remember just how nervous the children felt at the start of the year, whether they were moving to a new class or starting school for the very first time. Now, it is wonderful to see all of our children arriving at school each morning full of energy and smiles, looking forward to the day ahead. They have all settled into their new routines and are engaged fully in school life. We are all very proud of The Queen Anne children.
The school has been full of Christmas joy over the past few weeks. The children have thought about the modern traditions of Christmas and, of course, the meaning of Christmas for Christians. It is a privilege to have an opportunity to see Christmas through the children’s eyes and to share their excitement and joy.
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Quite a lot has happened in our busy, little school during the month of December. You’ll find just a few of our December highlights below. Thanks, as always, go to The Queen Anne staff who work so hard to make The Queen Anne such a wonderful school for all.
Thank you from all of the staff for your lovely Christmas wishes, cards and gifts. Your thoughtfulness and kindness are appreciated by all. Thank you!
Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and New Year.
December began with our amazingly festive Christmas Fair. Thank you to all of the Committee and to all staff, pupils and parents, who worked together to make this event magical and great fun for all of the children.
Of course, QAPAFA have supported the school in many other ways this term, including the cost of coach travel, the reindeer visit, cake sales, Green Team ground work, attending the school Open Evening, resources for the classrooms, Father Christmas gifts and so much more.
Thank you to all of the committee for your continued hard work. Your support makes a huge difference to all aspects of school life. Thank you !
The children visited the Watermill Theatre and watched an amazing performance of The Wizard of Oz.
Not only did this provide an opportunity for all of our children to experience a high-quality children’s production, but also, an opportunity to experience travelling by coach, which was a new experience for some.
Thank you to QAPAFA for funding the cost of coach travel for this special event.
The whole school Nativity provided an opportunity for the whole school to celebrate the birth of Jesus and perform to a large audience.
The Nativity is one of many school occasions when we can clearly see our school vision of Enjoy, Include and Achieve in action.
It was an absolute delight to see the children all shining in their own way.
Thank you to all staff and children for working so hard to make the Nativity such a success.
We were lucky enough to be joined by Father Christmas , who took time out of his busy Christmas schedule to join us. Father Christmas shared festive joy with all and gave each class some rather special gifts to share
Our visit from Father Christmas was followed by our whole school Christmas lunch.
Every year, I am impressed by the delicious food and efficient service. I cannot begin to imagine cooking Christmas lunch for over 150 people.
Huge thanks to all of the kitchen and school staff involved not only in today’s feast, but in the provision of lunch each and every school day. Thank you!
We offered Reverend Sally and all of our parents a warm welcome to our Christmas Service in school.
We celebrated the birth of Jesus and gave thanks through song.
Our younger children sang about some of the Christmas traditions which continue today, whilst our Year 3 and Year 4 pupils reflected on the birth of Jesus many years ago.
Our Year 2 pupils told us about the meaning of the Christingle.
It was lovely to have an opportunity to gather together at this special time of the year in the Christian calendar.
We end our Christmas term this afternoon with our traditional school Vision Celebration. Pupils will be celebrated for demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit and school vision through their words and actions. It is always a wonderful example of pupils knowing and showing the values in their everyday lives.