On the final day of the term the children enjoyed the traditional Big Breakfast where they sat down to a full English breakfast. This is a popular event enjoyed at the end of each term by the whole school. This was followed by Christmas craft making activities which concluded with a Christmas party, games and visit by Santa before going home to enjoy festivities with family and friends.
All here at Hartington School would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Happy, Peaceful New Year.
The children were treated by Mrs Rachel Mellor, a former member of the school staff to a trip to the local Panto in Buxton. This is an annual event which everyone looks forward to and as always was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
Friday 15th December saw the community and children come together for the annual Christmas Dinner expertly prepared by resident cook Mrs Anne Stubbs. The children and staff were in dress your best and all wore Christmas Jumpers or Christmas hats. During the meal Mr Graham Hipkiss-Hicks played Christmas music on the French horn which was enjoyed by all and added to the ambiance of the event.
Lunch was followed by the traditional game of bingo supported by Mrs Margaret Partridge a former pupil of the school and long standing member of the community. This was thoroughly enjoyed as always particularly by the children who take it in turns to be the bingo caller.
On Tuesday 12th December the children of Hartington School presented “Tinsel & Tea-towels” to a packed church. The performance was based around the arrival of Ofsted.
The performance was followed by a Pea & Pie supper in the school, kindly organised by the PTA, where the Christmas raffle was drawn. The winning ticket of a Grand Christmas Hamper, which was drawn by Eileen Wallace who generously donated it was won by Tom Debes a pupil at the school. He said he couldn’t believe how many goodies there were, packed into the boxes.
The PTA would like to thank everyone who donated prizes for the Christmas Raffle.
The PTA held a Christmas Market in Hartington Village Hall on Sunday 3rd December to raise funds. The event ran from 11am to 4pm and was attended by Santa.
The event raised a staggering £893.86 on the day. After expenses of village hall rent and refreshments the total was £632.37.
The stalls included cheese, hand made jewellery, cards, knitted items, crafts and lots more. The children ran a chocolate tombola and PTA parents provided refreshments.
To raise awareness of the event the children sang and handed out flyers to visitors, they also took a ‘COW’ to the bus stop, which caused a bit of a stir in the center of the village. Santa on his way up to the Village Hall stopped and had his photograph taken with the ‘COW’.
Rudolph beware you might have competition from the Hartington Cow for guiding Santa’s sleigh!
On Friday 2nd December our friend Peace Proscovia from Uganda visited the school to have lunch and talk to the children about what Christmas is like in her home village. As part of the RE topic this term the children are investigating what a Christian Christmas looks like in different places. They asked topical questions and were surprised to find that in the village where Peace lives the giving of livestock was the preferred present.Christmas Dinner would be prepared in one household and the whole village would attend sharing meats, sweet potatoes, fruit and wash it down with a glass of soda.
Peace then went onto visit St Giles Church to witness the decorating of the Christmas trees in preparation for the festival due to open the following day.
She returned later that afternoon and along with Mrs Liz Broomhead MBE, Peace presented three children with their Level 2 Bikeability certificates, which they had passed the week before. This was part of our Celebration Worship, which parents, governors and local residents joined to listen to the children share good work, sing songs and reflect on the weeks events. This culminated in the giving out of house points before the announcement of the winning house “Grey Wolves” was identified.