Christmas Celebrations

On Monday 14th December we had our final rehearsal for the whole school Christmas concert and Nativity in the morning, and in the afternoon we performed and sang to an audience of parents and family.

We finished the cathedral picture outside the classroom.

Our twiggy stars look great!

Muddisdale in December

Today we went up to Muddisdale again to prepare for poetry writing and to play at our den area. We took the trolley with cups and water and the Kelly Kettle and had chocolate and snack after we had walked around the path and through the trees. While we were walking we stopped and listened and felt textures and looked and smelled, gathering words as we went.

 Lots of us thought that it was surprising to be in such a familiar place that was so different to the last time we were there. The leaves were gone. We could see the masses of twigs against the blueness of the sky. On the ground there were lots of sticks, and leaves which were squishy and soft and very wet. They smelled of the earth. Some of our structures were there from the last time we visited. We rebuilt some and created some new ones and climbed the trees. Some people adopted trees and gave them names!

Glaitness Tree Lighting

This morning we lit the tree at Glaitness School. The choir, St. Lucy and the procession were at the Kirkwall Tree Lighting ceremony in the cathedral on Saturday. The choir sang Santa Lucia and the procession came in dressed up with candles. St Lucy had a crown of candles and she made a speech.

St Lucy is a Scandinavian celebration which we have adopted here to celebrate our link with Norway, who send us a Christmas tree each year. During the tree lighting week we also got a visit from some of the Norwegian musicians. They played music from different coutries around the world as well as Norwegian folk music.