Smannell & Enham Alamein Parish
Smannell and Enham Primary School News
What a wonderful way to end the Autumn term! The magical sight of the snow outside made our singing of carols and Christmas songs at the ‘Carols around the tree’ on the last day of term particularly special.
December was full of special occasions. The success of the Christmas Fair on 4th December was due to the hard work of our band of committed ‘Friends of Smannell School’ ( FOSS). A lot of effort goes into the organisation and smooth running of an event like this and I would like to thank them all and in particular Amanda Cox and Caroline Fletcher. Caroline had been coming into school every Friday leading up to the fair to make craft items to sell with all the children in the school. All the children got do their own Christmas shopping before the adults arrived and visit Father Christmas! Another first this year were the stalls organised by some of the pupils in Swallows ( Year 5 & 6) who wanted to raise money to buy a friendship bench for the playground.
The candlelit setting of Christ Church (and the glow from the heaters !) added extra atmosphere to the performances of ‘Our Nativity Play’ by Key Stage 1 and the Early Years children. Nobody could have left without being touched by the simple re-telling of the Christmas story and beautiful singing form the choir. At the end of each performance there was a collection in aid of children living in the Aida Refugee camp in Bethlehem, which I had been privileged to visit during the October half term. Altogether £1 35 was collected. Thank you to all those who contributed. We are hoping to develop links with the schools in Aida so that the children can learn about life in Bethlehem today.
The School choir, under the leadership of Ms Davis, was busy performing at a number of venues before Christmas – The turning on of the Enham and Little London Christmas lights, The Enham Carol Service and Enham Parish Lunch. Some of you may have seen and heard them. I am sure you would agree with me that they make a lovely sound. They all sing with such enthusiasm, whether it is in English, German or Italian and have great fun.
The snow is still covering my back garden as I sit and write this and begin my preparations for my own family Christmas. Though I know it will all too soon pass and we will be looking ahead to the New Year. May I take this opportunity of wishing you all a Peaceful New Year. Please do pop into the school if you are passing. Next term we are learning through studying our locality, so if you have anything or any experiences that might be of interest to us let us know. We are always delighted to welcome visitors and share with you the exciting work we are doing.