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Christmas 2016 celebrations at Sark School started back in November, when after each class had decorated a window at the Methodist Chapel, showing different Christmas traditions from around the world, the school choir sang at the Toy Service on Sunday 27th November.
Preparations continued with a Christmas themed Family Afternoon on Friday 9th December where parents really got into the spirit of things, particularly enjoying the challenge of making Christmas crackers. Children enjoyed other Christmas crafts including decorating gingerbread biscuits, making cards and creating reindeer food.
This was followed by a Christmas Fair on Monday 12th December when over £241 was raised for school funds. Activities included a raffle and tombola, decorating biscuits, cake stall and a variety of games designed and made by pupils.
The highlight of the Christmas celebrations was the concert performed at St Peter's Church on Wednesday 14th December to a packed audience of parents and friends. The concert was called 'Children of the World' and, led by the three narrators, we visited countries from around the world to learn about their different Christmas celebrations. Class 1 told us about China, with Class 2 taking us to Poland and Class 3 Australia.
The choir sang beautiful songs from Malawi and Eire with the whole school performing a gospel song from the USA [this was reprised at the Candle Service on Christmas Eve]. The title song had been recorded early in the month and played on Island FM that morning
The term ended with our traditional Christmas party at the Island Hall with favourite games such as Sheep Pens and Jigsaws played alongside a new game, Reverse Musical Bumps [not so popular!] After term ended at noon on Friday 16th, the school had one last job with many children turning up and singing at the switching on of the Christmas lights before a well earned holiday.