Christmas at Eyam CE School


It all begins with the start of Advent and the lighting of our first candle. We’ve been busy with a range of family events to help us prepare for the season of joy and goodwill. We sent off a pile of Christmas shoe boxes to Save the Children in early November.

Decoration morning with thanks to the staff and several parent helpers. A definite opportunity for team work and fun with music and mince pies!

At the same time the Church Centre had been making lunch for the community and some children went over to help serve this to friends of the church. We took a big group to sing and our 3 wonderful trumpet players showed off their growing confidence. It was a really delightful event – well done children.

Its national Christmas Jumper day when we think about Children everywhere and bring £ to wear our Christmas items! Thank you for your donations.

Here Squirrels are working hard in preparation for their annual ‘soup and a chat event when they invite a friend from the village or relative to join them for a chat and for homemade (by the children) soup and mince pies. Its a busy morning and staff help the children to make the room look special and plan entertainment. This year the school band played and the class sang The 12 Days of Christmas with all the actions! An event to feel proud of Squirrel children.

The children here show they care about their friends in Burkina Faso with a donation (through the PTFA) for a new peace of equipment at Jam Tan Primary School.

Its Christmas lunch – with visitors from the Community who regularly support the school. A super lunch and a BIG thank you to Mrs Thorpe and Mrs Tilson for all their preparations.

The Community Carol Service was made extra special this year with a visit from a real donkey! The children sang their hearts out with a fabulous action packed ‘Cowboy Carol’ and the older pupils took part in a drama created by the very talented vicar starring 3 very modern wise men!

Eyam school were invited to take part in a prestigious concert a the Winding Wheel raising funds towards Challenge Derbyshire who provide hospice support from both children and adults through St Helens Trust and Ashgate Hospice. The children joined local choir Perfect pitch, which now includes several of our children and together performed a wonderful nativity story with lots of actions and carols accompanied by the splendid Masson Mill band. This is also of course a great opportunity to perform on stage. Many thanks to Emma and Louise Hopkins for their enthusiastic support and parents for taking the trouble to encourage your children. The massed choir must have been almost children – what an inspiration.


Our Special Nativity was a total hit – ‘Christmas Counts’ was enjoyed by everyone and the Hedgehog children looked splendid in their costumes. As well as doing all the adding the children showed us that the Christmas message really can apply to everyone because we are all special to each other. Well done for all the singing, dancing, narrating and acting too!

Almost the end of term but time for an afternoon of musical delight from all our musicians. Parents packed the Owls classroom and the audience were right to give plenty of applause as everyone showed their determination to put on a good musical show. We had solos, duets, a trio, band, infants to year 6 and now 9 Peri teachers represented by the performers so a huge well done to you all.


The PTFA put on an entertaining disco for the children and along with the secret Santa gift room there were the Squirrel class games which proved an amazing hit. The children had designed and made these as part of their DT project and ran the event with real maturity. Thank you to all the parents who ran the party night it was a lovely atmosphere and great music!

School finished with a candle lit moment to reflect on our families and think about how to help everyone have a good Christmas break.

We hope you all had a happy Christmas and were able to meet friends and enjoy some family time together.


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