An Academy Awards-style ceremony was the theme of Sheringham Primary School’s end-of-term festive musical, staged for an audience of parents and friends.

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Set in Tinsel Town and entitled The Stars Come Out For Christmas, the play featured characters including Ollie Berry, Carol Singer and Chrissie Pressie.

It told the story of a group of red-carpet Christmas “stars”, ranging from cards, snow and trees, to a turkey dinner and Santa and his reindeer.

After a fierce competition for the “Cracker” award for outstanding contribution to Christmas, the Star of Bethlehem put in a last-minute appearance and bagged the award, reminding everyone of the story of the very first Christmas.

Performed by Year Six pupils, with younger children playing cards, snow and trees, the musical was one of three performances staged by Sheringham Primary, with nursery youngsters doing a show in the school hall and Year 1 and 2 pupils putting on a traditional nativity in St Peter’s Church.

Year Two teacher Helen West said the nativity, which followed a successful festive fair which raised £2,500, aimed to reflect the true meaning of Christmas.

She thanked Charles Sanders, of Sanders Coaches, who laid on free transport, and the church, which provided costumes.

“It was lovely for parents to be able to see the children perform in the church, it made it really special,” Ms West added.

Senior teacher Tim Groves thanked staff for their hard work and enthusiasm, as well as Friends group members, who helped produce three CDs of pupils singing Christmas songs and carols.

“It has been a real team effort,” he said. “The children have really enjoyed performing, it has brought the joy of Christmas to them and I think the whole thing has shown just what a brilliant team of teachers we have at Sheringham Primary.”

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