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Does your school organise anything special for Christmas - outings etc?

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bacon Sat 30-Nov-13 16:22:33

I just wondered what the norm is as our school doesnt take any children out for theatre trip, caves or anything slightly special.

Nice school, with PTA funding available surely they could make some effort to organise something special for the juniors?

MPB Thu 05-Dec-13 22:19:16

My lads school does loads.
Three separate concerts fs1-y1, y2-4 & y5&6 (two different showings of each)
Christmas Dinner,
A party in various year groups.
Father Christmas usually drops in.
And they had reindeer visit this week.
They are going to the panto/ Nutcracker (depending on age) after Xmas.

DownyEmerald Thu 05-Dec-13 22:11:28

They have a theatre group come in and do a production in the last couple of weeks. - I like this as they get the drama bit but no worries with coach trips etc with nasty weather, busier roads etc. And if families want to do take them to a panto it won't duplicate/clash.
A christmas school lunch
An infant and a junior party (on diff days) with no uniform.
Plus nativity for infants, carol concert for juniors.
And all the fun of the Christmas fair!

Think the PTA pay for the theatre group.

SirChenjin Wed 04-Dec-13 15:18:23

Oh, and a Christmas lunch and a disco for the older ones.

SirChenjin Wed 04-Dec-13 15:17:56

A panto comes to the school and there is a Christmas party for the infants. Fortunately this year this is no nativity to attend - hurrah!

Xochiquetzal Wed 04-Dec-13 15:13:24

DDs have a party and a magician coming in for the infants, juniours are off to a pantomime.

DSs school are having a christmas dinner then each teacher does an activity so the children can pick and choose, usually a few different cooking, music, films, craft, board games and sports based activities to choose from

Both schools also have Christmas plays, Christmas fair, Carol service, class parties and Father Christmas visiting each class.

ilovepowerhoop Tue 03-Dec-13 20:20:48

ours have a christmas fayre to help subsidise the trip to see a panto and have a christmas party. They also have a christmas lunch.

kimlo Tue 03-Dec-13 07:30:01

I've just had the newsletter so I can now add that the infants are taking turns to bring home a traveling crib

the juniors are being given a prayer buddy that they are going to pray for during advent and give a gift to at the end of term

DeWe Mon 02-Dec-13 10:44:16

Infants have:
Christmas performance (2 performances per year group)
Carol service at local church
Christmas party in school
Postbox for Christmas cards
PTA after school Christmas disco
PTA Christmas fair (with Father Christmas)

Juniors have:
Christmas assembly performance (1 per year group)
Panto comes into school (PTA pays)
Some forms (depends on teacher) do Christmas party in school, but fairly low key.
Postbox for Christmas cards
Christmas music concert (evening, for those who do any music clubs, which is about 1/3 of the school)
Sometimes PTA Christmas fair (roughly every other year)

hartsrules Sun 01-Dec-13 21:30:17

Well, lots of things, but not an organised trip out, that seems unnecessary.
Nativity for reception only
Carols in church for everyone else
Christmas lunch
Christmas Shop (buy and wrap gifts for parents)
Disco in the evening
'Party' in class
This gives them lots of things but doesn't take up very much curriculum time apart from the Nativity which takes forever

Neverhere Sun 01-Dec-13 19:01:26

We have a week of Christmas - panto (parents pay), Xmas lunch, Xmas play (x 3) over the day, Xmas party with outside entertainers and Santas visit and Xmas raffle drawn. It is a lovely week - the children are so tired after a 15 week term! X

mrz Sun 01-Dec-13 18:47:49

infant nativity
Carol concert
Christmas lunch
FS & KS1 party with entertainer
LKS2 party
UKS2 party
Visit from Santa with gift

indyandlara Sun 01-Dec-13 18:39:03

Oh and Xmas lunch is next week but is same cost as a normal lunch.

indyandlara Sun 01-Dec-13 18:38:38

Our Infants do 3 performances of their nativity for parents. The rest of the school come to watch the dress rehearsal. We have a trip to the panto in the last week. There is also a class party and the talent show in the last week. I job share and on my 3rd last afternoon I am giving my class a movie afternoon (squash, popcorn, biscuits and a seasonal film) as a thank you for working so hard in the last 2 terms. Parents pay £8 including coach for panto, £2.50 for the party and £1 for nativity tickets. I will pay for the movie afternoon.

sittinginthesun Sun 01-Dec-13 17:56:29

whole school trip to panto (pta funded);
infant nativity;
junior carol assembly:
christmas lunch - they make hats earlier in the day;
junior disco in the evening.

doesn't actually put much of a dent in the curriculum timetable, and children love the events.

BackforGood Sun 01-Dec-13 14:43:51

I'd say a nativity, a Church service and a Christmas Party is a nice balance.
At one point my dcs Juniors started trying to take everyone to the Panto but they stopped as a considerable number of parents pointed out that they were already going as a family / with the Scout Group / Grandparents were taking them, and they really didn't have the money to do it twice.

mammadiggingdeep Sun 01-Dec-13 14:37:36

* to be days off...

mammadiggingdeep Sun 01-Dec-13 14:34:10

* to be days off...

mammadiggingdeep Sun 01-Dec-13 14:33:31

Potty that is the saddest post I've read for a long time.

You consider exploration trips, bike ability, trips in the local community, theatre trips not to be days 'off'?? Off of what exactly??

The school were quite right to deny you an authorised day for a night flight. It's the law. That would have been a day off.

Honestly, I despair...

PeppermintScreams Sun 01-Dec-13 11:20:16

My son's school do a few bits which is paid for out of the voluntary donations.

Class Christmas parties with a visit from Father Christmas. (parents have to pack their child a party snack and drink)
A visit from a party entertainer/magician to assembly.
Christmas show/nativity for the foundation stage.
Carol concert for KS1.
Christmas films.
Christmas dinner for those on school lunches.
No trips though, but plenty the rest of the school year.

Maybe you could organise a panto trip with parents as part of a PTA fundraiser? Take advantage of a group booking discount price, and add on a £1 per ticket for the PTA? I don't see the point of a school run one if they are doing trips at other times.

bacon Sun 01-Dec-13 10:36:17

Wow I am seriously impressed with all the organisation that's going on in some schools and imo that shows the drive and enthusiasm of the leaders. Both my Ds are in a church school and I am disappointed in the trips & general effort.

I see a trip to the theatre as education its the arts, a trip out teaches all sorts of behaviours, listening etc. Surely it adds to the excitement of being part of the school for the last few weeks.

There is a lack lustre PTA which I did (and others participate in) but I could not handle them as too set in their ways but that's another story.

Our school has a nativity for infants and a party on the last day. Church also. There is also a fete after school.

I'm not sure how I'm supposed to approach this I seem to be bringing up all sorts of ideas but none of them taken up, surely I cant be the only one giving ideas, offering help, contact numbers for people who want to come in and do presentations.....just fed up!

Periwinkle007 Sat 30-Nov-13 20:44:29

in class time they just have a class party with Santa for the younger ones and a nativity. carol concert for the older ones after school one night and christmas fete after school.

Galena Sat 30-Nov-13 17:43:25

Panto, Christmas lunch, Nativity x 2, carols at church, singing at another church, not sure about the other stuff...

Euphemia Sat 30-Nov-13 17:15:29

Potty What is your definition of "education"? Is it just literacy and numeracy?hmm

Euphemia Sat 30-Nov-13 17:13:38

We have a theatre company coming to us to do a pantomime.

We don't organise a trip as the weather's too unpredictable at this time of year.

PottyLotty Sat 30-Nov-13 16:52:37

They spend too much time out of class if you ask me but im in a grump because my children were refused 1 day off due to a late night flight home.

So far this term they have had 3 days at another school on an exchange, 2 x christmas parties and Father Christmas (1 paid by the PTFA and 1 by the church), 2 days off for bikeability, 2 days off on local explorations trips etc, 1 day off for pantomime, 1 day off for opening of a new local business and 2 days for a Childline programme, 1 day for Christmas play/performance.

So thats 15 days out of 'education' since September. Yet I cant have 1 day out of education due to the massive disruption it causes catching up with all the work they miss angry

However, in answer to your question, I think that 1 day out for Pantomime/Father Christmas type visit is perfectly acceptable. Why not suggest it ?

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