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Clenchwarton and Shouldham pupils show off their best festive attire




Ahead of the Christmas holidays, schoolchildren have been enjoying plenty of festive fun in West Norfolk.

Both Shouldham Primary Academy and Clenchwarton Primary School pupils have been showing off their best Christmas jumpers this week.

Just like Heartwood Primary and Nursery School in Swaffham, the Clenchwarton children were raising funds for the Save the Children charity by wearing the jumpers on Thursday.

Shouldham Primary pupils from Reception Explorers Class all dressed for the special day. MLNF-20PM12110
Shouldham Primary pupils from Reception Explorers Class all dressed for the special day. MLNF-20PM12110

They also enjoyed a craft day and a special Christmas lunch.

Shouldham Primary pupils traditionally wear festive jumpers with their Christmas dinner.

Headteacher Katherine Howe said: "This year we had to have 'bubble' dinners in the hall. There were four sittings over two days but it was still fun and it kept us all smiling.

Christmas Jumper day at Clenchwarton Primary School..Year 6 Pupils all dressed for the Christmas Jumper day in front of the new school sign MLNF-20PM12115
Christmas Jumper day at Clenchwarton Primary School..Year 6 Pupils all dressed for the Christmas Jumper day in front of the new school sign MLNF-20PM12115

"The children are lucky enough to have some amazing Christmas jumpers, a real selection and worn with pride with their uniform."

She added: "Our Christmas jumpers are a celebration of the season and of the pleasure in eating our really delicious Christmas dinners. They taste just like home!"

Earlier in the month, the school held an 'Elf Day' in which the pupils dressed up in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Christmas Jumper Day at St Martin Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary Academy at Shouldham..Pupils from Year 3 Navigators Class all dressed for the special day. MLNF-20PM12112
Christmas Jumper Day at St Martin Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary Academy at Shouldham..Pupils from Year 3 Navigators Class all dressed for the special day. MLNF-20PM12112

Meanwhile, Year 7 pupils at Smithdon High School in Hunstanton took time out from their own Christmas countdown to put a smile on the face of local care home residents by creating a video of Christmas jokes, group singing and poetry reading, as well as providing gifts and cards.

The scheme was part of the Times Educational Supplement’s nationwide #Classroomstocarehomes project.

“It was a positive project for our Year 7s, they really engaged with it and wrote some really thoughtful comments and messages,” said the school’s deputy head Sarah Robinson. “It's helped them to understand more about loneliness at this time of year, particularly this year.”

Smithdon youngsters do their bit to spread seasonal smiles. Picture: SUBMITTED
Smithdon youngsters do their bit to spread seasonal smiles. Picture: SUBMITTED

During the week, a group of students from Smithdon, which is part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, along with the school’s pastoral manager Julie Bowyer and Year 7 tutor Angus Duncan, delivered the gifts, to the delight of care home staff and residents.

“One of the homes, Somerset Villa, sent us a parcel to say how much they’d loved our messages and how much they appreciated the gifts,” Mrs Robinson added.

“They sent the children a card in return too, so I think they really get the message of how a little gesture like that can go a long way at this time of year, and how much people value it.”



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