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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Little angels were joined by shepherds, wise men and an assortment of farm animals this week for a series of Christmas carol concerts at St Michael’s Church in Oulton.
The event was organised by Oulton Broad Primary School as part of its Christmas celebrations, with three concerts staged throughout the day for different age groups.
Watched by proud family and friends, the children told the story of the birth of Jesus through readings and songs.
The youngest pupils were encouraged to dress up as nativity characters – resulting in a colourful cast that included donkeys, pigs, kings, shepherds, wise men and angels.
At least 150 people attended each of the concerts, with the £210 raised going to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
Last week, The Journal reported reported that nine-year-old pupil Lahlee Painter had organised a petition calling for the school nativity to be reinstated.
At least 60 of Lahlee’s classmates signed the petition after it was revealed the school – in Christmas Lane – would not be putting on a festive play or nativity event for the first time in several years.
However, the headteacher Jamie White said he understood that last year’s performance in the school hall had been a Christmas play, rather than a nativity.
He said he wanted to stage a more traditional celebration this year while also forging links between the school and the church and he hoped the concerts had helped to convey the true meaning of Christmas to the pupils.
He said: “This was a far more traditional Christmas celebration for a school than a Christmas play.
“It was different to what has happened in the past when we have done a play in the hall.
“I wanted to try and get the real meaning of Christmas across to the children and have the church involved with us and make links between the church and the school.”
The Rev Robin Pritchard, the Rector of Oulton, described it as “a brilliant day”.
He added: “It was something different from previous years but clearly challenging and educational in good way for the children...I believe the magic of Christmas was preserved.”