Report by Rachel Clinton
On Friday the 12th of December we hosted our annual Christmas Party for the children attending Clydeview Primary School, who have additional support needs. Our Clydeview Committee had been organising the event weeks prior and it was great to see it all come together.
We invited the children to come along in their best party clothes for a morning of Christmas fun. Everyone was rushing around on the Friday morning trying to make sure that everything was running smoothly before the children arrived. We started setting up the snack table and desperately tried to make the staff room look as festive and tinsel-y as possible. Most of us donned our cosiest Christmas jumpers to get us in the mood whilst some of us had to be a bit more creative – by creative I mean itchy tinsel necklaces and Santa hats whilst a lucky few grabbed a pair of Reindeer ears. Hmph.
When the children arrived of course they pretended to be shy, but when they met their sixth year buddies that soon changed. Once the Christmas music started playing it was hard to catch up with them! We played a variety of party games such as “Pass the Parcel” and “Musical Bumps” which everyone seemed to love, especially sixth years. Ahh the nostalgia.
We must have been playing music pretty loud as it turns out Santa heard us from the North Pole and popped down to see what all the racket was about! However, when he saw the faces of everyone he just couldn’t resist staying for a while. The children were more than excited to meet Santa, and were even happier to be photographed with the bearded man holding their presents.
After it was time for Santa to depart we had time for one more singalong. We all gathered together in a choir-ly order and sang our hearts out to Jingle Bells, and then we all posed for some photographs.
It was a wonderful morning and judging by the smiles on the children’s faces, everyone had a great time. I think we were all a little sad to see the children leave, we felt attached as they certainly brightened up the dull winter weather. We can’t wait to invite the pupils of Clydeview Primary and their teachers to return next year, we hope it will be just as much fun!