Little angels, shepherds and wise men heralded the start of Christmas with a traditional nativity tale

Years 1-2 Nativity Performance 2Yuletide stars shone brightly in Blyth as Years 1 and 2 pupils, from Bede Academy, took to the stage to perform The Innkeeper’s Tale.

The children, aged five-seven, had spent five weeks rehearsing their lines for the production which told the tale of the grumpy innkeeper who kept being disturbed by visitors to the baby Jesus.

Year 2 teacher Samantha Parker said:

“All of the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning their roles and dressing up to perform in the play.

“Christmas really isn’t Christmas without a traditional nativity and it’s important to help the children understand the real reason why we celebrate this time of year.”

Years 1-2 Nativity Performance 3The 180 pupils also delighted the packed audience of family and friends with six Christmas songs including Little Donkey, The Shepherds’ Song and Come and Join the Celebration.

Bede Academy Primary Head teacher Irene Watson said:

“It takes a lot of nerve to come on stage, remember your lines, and perform to such a large audience.

“All of the children did a wonderful job, they each had a part to play and all sang beautifully.”

Parent Jennean Aydeniz, whose daughter Esra, six, took on the lead role of Mary alongside Max Elliott, seven, as Joseph, added:

“Esra was really excited to be playing Mary.

“Her twin sister Elize, who is one of the singers, helped her to learn her lines at home and they have both been practising the songs.

“It was a wonderful performance by everyone and a lovely way to start Christmas.”


The older children at Bede Academy Primary have been performing their nativities

Years 5-6 Nativity Performance 2The spotlight shone on young performers who lived up to the title of their nativity play.

Children in Years 5 and 6 at Bede Academy, in Blyth, put on two performances of The Star Attraction in front of parents, grandparents and friends.

The show saw angels dancing, singing by a choir of around 140, acting by the main cast and 11 children playing instruments in the band.

The starring roles were performed by Anya Aisbitt (Mary), Aidan Monaghan (Joseph), Leo Simkins (Gabriel), Ellie Morris (The Star), Kane Heslop (Herod), and Kai Percy, Joshua Patrick and Owen Meggison (the Wise Men).

Primary Years Headteacher Irene Watson said the children had given up several playtimes to rehearse.

She added:

“I think this was our most professional nativity to date. The extra practice the children put in really showed, and they are to be commended for their hard work.

“Our audience seemed to enjoy it and joined in enthusiastically with carols at the end.”

Years 5-6 Nativity Performance 3Every year group at Bede Academy Primary is involved in one of nine performances of five different Christmas shows appropriate to different age groups, from Nursery to Year 6.

Collections at the end of The Star Attraction performances raised £198 for The Acorn Project to help support families and children in Africa.

Bede Academy has hosted its annual Christmas tea for local residents

Residents Tea Party 2Christmas came early for neighbours of Bede Academy, in Blyth, who were invited to an annual festive tea and exclusive choir performance.

Students hosted nearly 40 guests, serving them a selection of sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea, while members of the academy choir sang Christmas carols.

Many of the guests live in streets close to the academy, while others came with relatives and staff from local care homes including South Bebside, Crofton Court and Nye Bevan House, in Blyth.

Doreen Williams, who went with her next door neighbours from Newlands Road, said:

“I think I’ve been to every residents’ tea the academy has held. It’s always so very enjoyable. There’s a lovely atmosphere and it’s nice to see the children, who are a credit to the school.”

Student Imogen Pollard, 13, was serving for the first time.

“I’m a prefect so we were given the chance to volunteer. I wanted to help because I’d never done it before. I thought it would be fun and I’m looking forward to talking to the residents.”

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Vice principal Steve Nelson said:

“It’s always a pleasure to welcome local residents to our senior citizens’ parties, and for the students to serve them and to get to know them better.

“The academy is at the heart of the local community in Blyth. We like to strengthen the links we have our with neighbours as often as possible, and especially at this time of year when we focus on sharing and giving.”