6 December 2019

Following a wonderful performance by the boys in Pre-Prep of our Nativity, Born in a Barn, we set off to Roves Farm to find out about the story from the Donkey’s point of view. It was a cloudy day with the threat of rain, but nothing could dampen our spirits. With excitement running high as the adults became the audience for the story in a real stable, with very authentic costumes and, of course, live animals. What a wonderful tale told by a host of animals, with the boys dressed as shepherds, wise men and angels, offering gifts and beautiful, angelic dances. Mary and Joseph were played by two boys in Reception who took a real donkey on a journey to the chilly stable where Jesus soon joined them.

We also had a chance to meet the elf in the workshop, who told us about all of the toys he was making, what kind of hot chocolate Father Christmas liked best and even let us choose our own gift from the shelves. Of course the best thing of all was a visit to Father Christmas in his sleigh with promises of being very, very good being exchanged for wishes and requests for Lego. There were opportunities for Christmas crafts, a visit to pets corner, time with an assortment of animals, tractors to ride on, bales to hide in and an exciting picnic.

In addition this year we learnt about all of the ingredients that are needed for Santa’s reindeer in order to enable them to have the stamina to fly all night. A wonderful finish with Christmas dancing and a story read by an elf. It is no wonder there were some sleepy travellers on the way back to school.

We would all like to say a big thank you to the JPA for supporting us with this event so generously.

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