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Remembering a very Merry Christmas and a very sad goodbye: 12/18

A Tasty Christmas Lunch

Christmas dinner was yummy! Our children who have dinner at nursery had a festive feast and so did some of the staff too.

The Christmassy music played as our fabulous dinner staff served up a traditional a British dinner of turkey and stuffing, sausage potatoes, and of course brussel sprouts…and of course there a tasty vegetarian option too!

Everyone enjoyed their meal…yum! What a delicious and healthy way to learn about the traditions of a British Christmas, an important element of our British values and Rights Respecting Schools curriculum, which supports the children to u understand, value and respect their own and others’ beliefs, celebrations and culture.

Wow!...we had a really fantastic Christmas party.

Both our morning and afternoon children came together for a fun filled party with dancing, comedy and surprises!


The children wore their special party clothes and looked amazing! They were all really excited about a nursery day that was very different but lots of fun.


We began with a very special guest called Peter Presto. Peter entertained us by doing lots of funny things and showing us lots of magic tricks. We were all really surprised as things appeared and disappeared, changed colour and made funny noises. He also had some furry friends who came to see us too! Peter was very funny and really made us all laugh! He even chose some of our nursery children to help him with his magic and they were absolutely amazing! Peter and his helpers all did a brilliant job and the children really enjoyed the show...a big thank you to Peter.


Our party lunch was very special today. After we had all made sure our hands were clean, we carefully and safely went together to Long Room and were each given a lovely Christmas picnic box. We had already chosen our favourite sandwiches and enjoyed these and lots of other lovely party food and everyone remembered their good sitting and their beautiful manners too.

After our lunch we had party music to create our very own disco and the children really enjoyed dancing and playing some games. We also had a very special visitor too…Santa Claus!... took time out from his busy schedule to come and visit us at South Normanton Nursery! He even had a bag of gifts for each group that he had brought with him today. One special gift for each child to put under their Christmas tree, to open on Christmas day!

We had a really busy and fantastic party...what a lot of fun and what a lovely way to finish the term.

This years nursery Nativity plays were fabulous!...they just seem to get better every year!

We were very excited to return to The Postmill Centre as performing there gives our nativity an even more professional touch! We welcomed many visitors to experience our wonderful performances, including parents, carers, grandparents friends and governors the room was absolutely packed with people enjoying our musical and acting extravaganza!


The children had been practising their storytelling and learning the songs, signs and movements as part of our Expressive Arts 'Music' curriculum through which children learn about singing and music as well as rhythm, steady beat and pitch. By the end of the rehearsals we also had a really good understanding of the traditional Christian story of the birth of Jesus, which is why Christian people celebrate Christmas.


Each of the nursery children had their own part and their very own special costume and they really enjoyed performing a range of traditional and modern songs to tell the story of Jesus’s birth. Songs included old favourites like 'Away in a Manger’ as well as new songs such as 'There Were Shepherds.’

The children told the story brilliantly…we were really proud of them and at the end of our performance we celebrated by dancing all the way around the audience, to a special song…a Christmassy twist on one of our modern favourites! To end we sang together with the all the grown ups 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' to wish all our families a very Merry Christmas.

Very well done to all our nursery children and many thanks to all our families, friends and governors who supported this event. Thank you as well for all the generous contributions of prizes from parents, staff and local companies for our raffle which was draw after the performance.


After the Nativity we also sang another special song.

After nearly four years it was time to say a sad goodbye to our Headteacher Stephanie who has now moved on to be the outstanding leader of another school. The governors made a special presentation to Stephanie and the staff and children sang a special song written just for Stephanie to say goodbye and thank you for all her hard work at South Normanton Nursery School. We all wish her the very best in her new job and we’re sure she will have a positive impact on her new school community.

Here are some pictures of some of Stephanie's best moments at South Normanton Nursery School...