A Child's Christmas in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 05:29 22 December 2014

St Nicholas House School Christmas pictures. The class with head teacher Martin Castle and class teacher Anna Nicholls. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

St Nicholas House School Christmas pictures. The class with head teacher Martin Castle and class teacher Anna Nicholls. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

'Twas the term before Christmas and all through the school...the children are creating pictures of angels and stars, shepherds and kings, reindeer and penguins.

‘Twas the term before Christmas and all through the school...the children are creating pictures of angels and stars, shepherds and kings, reindeer and penguins.

Glitter is sparkling, carols are practised, and excitement is soaring as schools across Norfolk prepare to celebrate Christmas.

At St Nicholas House School in North Walsham the Year Two children have been painting Christmas pictures.

Fittingly, St Nicholas himself, aka Santa Claus, features – his twinkly eyes and laden sleigh promising a Christmas packed with presents.

At St Nicholas House he is honoured with a special assembly, led by the vicar of St Nicholas Church in the town.

And there are plenty more Christmas celebrations. The children have already made Christmas cards and head teacher Martin Castle says: “Every single child will be in the Christmas play – a musical entitled Gold, Frankincense and Mirth!”

“We will have our tree in place for December 1 and the children will have made decorations to place on the tree. This includes our nursery children, where parents will have been invited in to work with their child to make a decoration – tinsel, glue and glitter abound!”

The children also sing carols for their neighbours at Linford Court residential home and are supporting the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal.

“This is a giving school and pupils have shown great generosity over the year for a number of causes,” says Martin.

There are also Christmas dinners and parties and term ends with a carol service before the children head home for family festivities.

Martin said the children are already excited about new toys, dreaming of playing outside in the snow and looking forward to “seeing the look on people’s faces when they open their presents.”

“Present lists this year seem to be full of Lego, X-Box games, Kindle Fire, 3-wheeled scooters and chocolate - maybe not in that order!” says Martin. “But best of all, Father Christmas is bringing Nanna and Grandpa all the way from Australia for two of our pupils!”

Finley: “I made a Christmas tree. The tree is the best part of Christmas because it has presents underneath it!”

Ella: “I made a Christmas tree because they are beautiful. Daddy helped me to do the outline and I put stars and sequins and gold leaf on the tree. My best part was the green glitter.”

Mina: “I made an angel because they come from God. I also made a Father Christmas - he gives presents to good children and coal to bad children.”

Rosie: “I love art – it’s fun. We made Santa toys. We were pretending to be elves. I made it out of red and black felt, and a gold sticker for a button. I like Christmas because of the snow, presents and Christmas cake.

James: “My picture shows Santa Claus delivering presents to the people who work on the lifeboats.”

St Nicholas House School and Nursery, Yarmouth Road, North Walsham, NR28 9AT; 01692 403143; www.stnicholashouse.com

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