Reindeer join in festive fun at King’s Lynn school

Gaywood Community Primary School were visited by two reindeer and the pupils dressed in christmas jumpers, all part of the school's christmas learning theme. Donna Rowland (left) and Amber Risby hold the two reindeer from Reedham Reindeer Hire. ANL-141012-125229009
Gaywood Community Primary School were visited by two reindeer and the pupils dressed in christmas jumpers, all part of the school's christmas learning theme. Donna Rowland (left) and Amber Risby hold the two reindeer from Reedham Reindeer Hire. ANL-141012-125229009
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Pupils and staff at a Lynn school were given an early Christmas surprise when some reindeer came to visit on Wednesday.

The visit to the Gaywood Community Primary School was arranged as part of the children’s current topic on Christmas and reindeers, much to their excitement.

Headteacher Paul Shanks said the only people who knew about the event prior to the arrival of Comet and Blitzen from Reedham Reindeer Hire were himself and his deputy, Louise Saines.

He said: “The children and other staff had absolutely no idea because we wanted it to all be a surprise.”

Each class and their teachers were able to meet, greet and feed the reindeer, as well as having pictures taken on Santa’s sleigh, which the busy man kindly agreed to loan for the day.

Children from the nearby St Martha’s Catholic Primary were also invited to join in on the festive fun and activities as well as the parents and the younger siblings of the pupils, after the school day had officially ended.

Mr Shanks said: “We told all of the children they could wear their Christmas jumpers to school, if they had one, and when they came into school, they were met by reindeer hoofprints outside each of their classrooms and along the corridors, too.

“The children’s and teachers’ faces were priceless and just that alone would have made the day, but the reindeer arriving to say hello to the children was the absolute icing on the cake.”