Posada and Advent
Our first Monday in December and the children were full of talk of advent calendars and chocolates before breakfast this morning - as it should be. In the church, advent is that period of waiting and this morning we explored advent and the Mexican tradition of the Posada. Of course, four of our volunteers from Year 4 brought the Posada procession to life and it continues a tradition, originally started by Reverend Child.
Las Posadas starts on the 16th December, when people visit one another's houses and re-enact the role of Mary and Joseph, as they headed out on their long journey to Bethlehem. So continuing in this tradition, the school's own Posada, featuring wooden replicas of Mary and Joseph will be travelling to children different classes, having already started this weekend, staying with Jessica in Reception. One child will be able to take them home for the evening to look after, with the adults in the house, write an imaginary diary entry and return Mary and Joseph back to school the following day. We will catch up with Mary and Joseph on their travels over the next few weeks.
Thank you everyone - our fantastic Christmas fayre raised over £1,300 for school funds, a huge increase last year. Thank you to the Friends of Seaburn Dene Primary, all the volunteers, staff and families for your support and generosity.
Christmas Diary - week 1
This week our Christmas build up continues in earnest, with the choir heading out under the direction of our musical maestro Mrs Houston.
On Wednesday, at 1.20pm, the choir will head over to Falstone Court old peoples' home in Roker to sing to residents.
On Thursday, our choir will be leading the school in our Carol Service at Fulwell Methodist Church at 10am. Please note the only adults able to attend will be those helping escort classes - due to the size of the venue. Our choir will then be singing to shoppers in The Bridges from 1.30pm.
Finally on Friday, our Foundation Stage Unit will be holding their annual "singing around the Christmas tree" in school.
At some point over the weekend, fly tippers drove over a van across our school fields to the cemetery wall to tip garden waste and other assorted rubbish. Unfortunately this is becoming more common and is blighting parts of Sunderland, by people who have no consideration or care that these are facilities use by our community and children. If you notice anyone behaving suspiciously and driving vehicles across the school fields at unusual times of the day, particularly on an evening or at the weekend, please inform the police.