Christmas at Portway

15/12/2016

We have been celebrating Christmas at school and, if you have managed to attend any of our performances or carol services, we are sure you'll agree they have been pretty special!

Monday and Tuesday evenings saw the performance of our show 'The Learner Shepherd'. This was presented by Drama and Glee Clubs who had all worked extremely hard to give a professional and highly entertaining retelling of the Christmas story.

Glee Club have also been sharing the Christmas joy by carol singing in several residential and nursing homes in the town. They have been received with enthusiasm and have done a brilliant job, not just in singing, but also in chatting to the residents and talking about what they have been getting up to in school!

On Wednesday and Thursday mornings we held a candlelit carol service in the hall, at which parents and grandparents joined us. We sang a collection of traditional carols, as well as some modern songs presented by the individual year groups. There were also readings and prayers led by pupils and staff and the Rev Alex Randall-Bissell shared with us a short Christmas message. Our donations from these two services were significant and have been given to the Andover Foodbank to support them in the sterling work they do with people who are in need in our community. 

There was also an enjoyable and noisy Christmas dinner for everyone on Thursday lunchtime and our week finishes with a Christmas jumper (or festive outfit) day in order to raise some money for Save the Children. Our brilliant PSA also organised a wonderful Christmas Fayre which was very busy, full of fun and saw another Glee Club performance! All of these events can be seen in the selection of photos below. 

All in all it has been a busy and enjoyable week and all that remains is for us to wish everyone in our school community a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We hope you have a  restful holiday and we'll look forward to seeing everyone on January 3rd 2017!