Nativity shows are a real festive treat

With the nativity season in full flow many little girls and boys have been taking to the stage for the first time.

Youngsters have been dressing up, getting into character and delighting their parents, grandparents and friends as they sing and act their Christmas productions.

Some schools chose to perform the traditional nativity play, whilst others added their own twist or adopted a different theme.

At Gorsey Bank it was clear to Mr and Mrs Potts, the caretakers, that something may have been overlooked. They set to work to create some beautiful baubles for the bare, forgotten Christmas tree and help the children to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. With quirky characters such as directionally challenged kings, a moody donkey and a sheep that sleeps through an angelic visitation, this is a tinsel-tastic nativity like never before.

Ryan Thompson,Deputy Head of School Designate, said "A huge well done to our reception children for their beautiful singing and walking, year one for their fantastic dances and year two for making us laugh, cry and smile as we watched the Nativity story unravel one bauble at a time!"

At St Benedict's Catholic Primary School Key Stage 1 children performed 'Lights Camel Action' and thoroughly enjoyed dressing up, singing and dancing.

Headteacher Jane Gornell said "All the parents and staff were proud of the children's confident performance."

Reception children at Lindow Primary presented the ABC Nativity to parents and grandparents. Class Teacher and producer Miss Pengelly said "The children worked really hard to learn their words and songs and loved performing with clear (and loud! voices."

Then the Key Stage 1 children performed 'Lights, Camel, Action' as the nativity story met Strictly Come Dancing! with camels, shepherds,angels and wisemen performing for 'judges' - strangely all the acts received 0, 7 and 10 respectively!

Teacher Miss Coventry said she was "delighted with the application of all the children and their excitement at performing for their parents and carers."

Youngsters at Lacey Green Academy performed 'Shine Star Shine' about The Big Star who needs to show the way to the stable where a special baby has been born, but there's one problem - she can't shine. The other stars try to help her shine and when they lead her to the stable where Jesus is born the love she has for this special baby gives her the strength to shine.

The Ryleys School held two nativities this year, a Pre-School Nativity and a Reception Nativity.

Headteacher, Mrs Julia Langford, said: "It was a delight to see both Pre-School and Reception perform in their Christmas nativities. Many of the children performed on the stage for the very first time with some of the children being just two years old. They sang their songs beautifully and delivered their lines with a great deal of confidence. Huge congratulations to everyone who was involved."

The children of Alderley Edge Community Primary School are celebrating the build up to Christmas by retelling the story of the very first Christmas in two very different ways.

The Infant children are telling the story via a modern play called The Prickly Hay where the Year 1 children act and speak the main parts with the reception and Year 2 classes supporting with some fabulous singing.

The Junior children will be performing their nativity and carol service on Wednesday, 20th December when they will perform traditional carols mixed with some current carols along with modern interpretations of Victorian carols.

Headteacher Mr Perry said "I feel immensely proud of the staff for enabling the children to not only produce such amazing nativity services but also to learn so many lines and song words."

He continued "As we have done for many years, all services will be concluded with a collection for Francis House Children's Hospice. Over the last few years we have raised over £7,000 for this charity showing that once again the children (and parents) can live up to the children's own motto of 'making a difference'."

At Nether Alderley Primary the infants did two great performances of Angel Express for which the angels had to learn a new song to welcome the arrival of baby Jesus.