A Proper Primary Christmas

“I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave New Year
All anguish pain and sadness
Leave your Heart and let your road be clear
They said there’ll be snow at Christmas
They said there’ll be peace on Earth
Hallelujah, Noel, be it Heaven or hell
The Christmas we get we deserve

Greg Lake

Tis the season to have a go at schools and collegues who do Christmas differently to you.

Every year we get the puritanical “I’m going to work them to the last minute” tweets condemning nativities, parties etc.

I just think Christmas in primary is well more than that. It’s a joyous celebration. It’s about community, sharing and giving a little back. It’s about celebrating the excitement many children feel, it’s special, it’s about traditions.

For us in East Whitby it’s dressing the tree together, infant nativities, our Carol Concert at St Mary’s (50th one this year) next to Whitby Abbey, our “Hope” assembly which brings us back to the true meaning of Christmas, our whole school conga, our fantastic Christmas fayre and Christmas dinner together.

These are not wastes of time, these are the things that bind us, they are the things that make us…us. They tie us together and make us all, children, staff, parents…a community.

School is more than lessons, and a quality of education is more than what you learn in a classroom. Christmas is a time for hope and love. It is special. It reaffirms what we’re about.

I’d recommend everyone reads this article. Christmas is definitely more…

https://amp.theguardian.com/education/2019/dec/17/children-dont-get-presents-schools-open-over-christmas

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