Hundreds of children from one Dorset education trust have brought festive cheer to the end of term.
The six schools of Heath Academy Trust have been busy staging their Christmas nativities and shows to delighted families.
Oakhurst First School in West Moors travelled through the ages from ancient Rome to the 21st century in its show called ‘How Christmas Came to Be’.
Children from all year groups – including the Nursery – took part, performing as Romans, Vikings, Cromwellian soldiers plus traditional nativity and Christmas characters.
Over at Three Legged Cross First School the children performed ‘Nativity Rock’ – an uplifting version of the traditional story with a number of new songs which were performed with actions.
St Ives Primary staged two shows, with its younger children performing in ‘A Midwife Crisis’ and older pupils giving laugh out loud performances in Pirates of the Curry Bean.
For St James CE First School in Alderholt it was a very traditional nativity for its nursery and reception children while pupils in Years 1 to 4 staged a show called ‘It’s a Cracker’.
At Sixpenny Handley First School the staff and children staged a nativity at the local church, led by its reception and year 1 children, while Years 2 to 4 children performed in a pantomime version of Aladdin.
And at St Mary’s CE First School the children showed how festivities are celebrated around the globe in their production of ‘Christmas Around the World.’
Year 4 children have also been singing Christmas carols to residents of care homes and creating Christingles for a special service at St Mary’s Church, in which the school’s reception children also performed the nativity.
Heath Academy Trust CEO, Justine Horn, said: “This really is a magical time of the year, which our children and parents love.
“I’d like to thank all the staff whose hard work makes these unforgettable moments in a child’s life possible.”