Festive assembly at Attleborough school leaves a lump in the throat
It was a morning of mixed emotion in Attleborough on Friday, as a school's Christmas assembly saw staff and students reflect on the year gone by.
Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman attended the Chapel Road School assembly for the fourth year, where he handed out certificates to the deserving pupils.
As well as a look back on the last 12 months, the packed assembly enjoyed a performance from the Wymondham High Academy school band.
Head teacher of the complex needs school Karin Heap said that there 'wasn't a dry eye in the house' as they waved farewell for deputy head teacher John Kirk after 31 years.
'There was a standing ovation for him. We are saddened to say goodbye but know he has had a fabulous career. I couldn't have asked for a better deputy,' she said.
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Pupils - and Mr Freeman - also modelled jumpers bearing the school's new logo, which the school council will put finishing touches to in the new year.
It has been a busy 12 months for the well-loved school, with a shop opening in spring and plans to move to a new £10m purpose built facility in Old Buckenham confirmed in October.
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'There is always a lot going in, it's very busy and very exciting. We were glad to have George here today, we have worked with him a lot and he always comes back to check where we are,' Mrs Heap said.
Mr Freeman said: 'I was delighted to be at Chapel Road School's Christmas Assembly to help hand out the end of year awards and join in with the children as they sing Christmas carols to mark the beginning of the festive season.
'Having worked with the leadership team over the last four years to help secure funding for a new purpose built facility in Old Buckenham, I know how dedicated staff are to providing the best possible education for all students.
'With news about the site and the opening of its very own shop in Attleborough, Chapel Road has had an exciting year. It is a privilege to be back with staff and students to begin celebrations for the Christmas season and look forward to another great year ahead.'
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