Christmas Excitement for William Barnes

Once again, the staff and children at William Barnes celebrated the build up to Christmas with a series of exciting events.

  Thanks to the hard work of the PTFA and year 2 organising teacher Sarah Strudwick, the whole school attended Poole Lighthouse theatre for the pantomime production of Aladdin.   The children had a memorable day and loved every moment of what is now becoming an annual event at William Barnes.  The following day, the whole school was open to parents from 2.30 for the annual Xmas market.  Each class made decorations, wrapping paper and cards to be sold at the market, and set up a variety of games and stalls in each classroom, whilst Father Xmas met children in his grotto in the main hall.  The PTFA worked extremely hard to organise the event, which raised considerable funds for improving resources through out the school.  The following week, the whole school enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner provided by Local Food links.  Crackers were pulled, gravy poured and brussell sprouts enjoyed by all the staff and children.  All the children in Key Stage 1 performed to parents in an all singing and all dancing production called “Children of the World”.   After weeks of rehearsals, costume making and song learning, the production went off very smoothly, much to the relief of all the adults involved. Finally, Reverend David Seymour led the school’s traditional Nativity service at St. Mary’s church, where the children of reception class dressed up as characters from the Christmas story, and were absolutely charming.  Once again, the spirit of Xmas remains alive and kicking at William Barnes.