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Festive food and hitting the high notes

Christmas comes early, courtesy of Belthorn Academy

Armed with pigs in blankets, roast potatoes and mince pies, Belthorn Academy Primary School has welcomed-in Christmas to the village.

In a week that saw the curtain raise on its nativity performances and a whole school trip to the pantomime, the school opened its doors and provided Christmas dinner to more than 60 pensioners in the village.

With the option to ‘dine-in’ in the decked-out school hall, or receive a home delivery, children from the school were on hand to hand out Christmas dinners throughout the village, as well as serenade residents with their well-rehearsed carol singing.

In what has now become an annual tradition, the school kitchen added an extra 60 covers to its daily production line, preparing food for villagers who’d taken them up on their festive food invitation. Children and staff then visited residents to deliver dinner with all the trimmings, as well as provide some entertainment.

Head teacher Melanie Egan said: “It’s safe to say the school is now in full blown Christmas mode. We enjoyed a whole school afternoon out to watch Cinderella with the children, our school nativity performances are taking place and the classrooms and hall decked out.

“And it wouldn’t be Christmas without spending some time with our local community. We enjoy a close relationship with the village, so again this year we’ve offered every pensioner in the village a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

“We welcomed a number into our school to enjoy the surroundings and listen to the children sing, while we also set off on foot providing home delivery to others.”