Key stage one children stage The Sleepy Shepherd

Key Stage 1 Christmas Performance 2014 (3)A tired shepherd got a wake-up call for Christmas while characters hunted for baby Jesus in nativity productions in Blyth.

Bede Academy Primary gives all the children the opportunity to take part in a nativity, hosting a total of ten separate productions for families.

Year 2 student Ashton Glover took the starring role in the key stage one performance of The Sleepy Shepherd, while Reece Richardson Maddison had to step into the shoes of Joseph at the last minute due to another boy being poorly.

Maggie Potts played Mary while Tate Nesbit, Jack Walker and Ethan Long were the kings, and Ethan Cook, Maisie Diston, Abigail Thompson and Jake Forrester narrated the story.

The festive theme to their day continued when all the staff and children tucked into their Christmas lunch.

Performances were held over a three week period with Reception class rounding off the season with their staging of Find the Baby.

Mary and Joseph were joined by donkey, the star and three kings Louie Templeman, Isaac Neave, Archie Johnstone, along with a host of shepherds, angels and narrators.

Primary headteacher Irene Watson said:

“All the children have performed their hearts out, singing, acting and even dancing and should be very proud of themselves.

“Our nativities require a marathon effort on the part of our staff, who do a fantastic job to prepare the children, who love to have family members come to watch them. It’s a lovely way to round off the term and get everyone into the Christmas spirit.”

A collection at the end of all the Bede Primary nativities will be counted up in time for Christmas by the school action group and donated to the Matthew Project, part of the Blyth Christian fellowship, which distributes food to needy families in Wansbeck, Blyth and Bedlington.

Little stars at Bede Academy Nursery, Blyth, perform First Nativity

Nursery Christmas Performance 2014 (3)TINY tots in tea towels and tinsel took to the stage for their debut performance of Our First Nativity.

Little stars aged just three and four heralded the start of Christmas with the traditional yuletide nativity story at Bede Academy Nursery, Blyth.

Angels, shepherds, wise men, innkeepers and an assortment of farmyard animals told the story of the baby Jesus, born in a stable, before a packed audience of delighted parents, family and friends.

Nursery Christmas Performance 2014 (4)Bede Academy nursery teacher Joanne Baird said:

“All of the children have been learning about the birth of Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas.

“This will be their first ever performance and they have all been extremely excited. We have been practising for three weeks and they have all loved dressing up and learning their lines.”

The 34 children also performed six Christmas songs including Wonky Donkey, Celebrate, Clap Dance and Shout Hurray and finished with parents and teachers joining in with a verse of Away in a Manger.

Principal of Bede Academy Gwyneth Evans, who watched the nativity alongside Irene Watson, headteacher of the primary academy, congratulated everyone on their performance.

“All the children performed wonderfully well. You could see how much work they had put into learning their parts and I am very proud of each and every one of them – it was a brilliant first nativity,” she said.

Parent Ashleigh Race, whose daughter Georgie Hetherington, three, took on the role of an angel added:

“Georgie has been super excited about the nativity play.

“Not only has she learned her own part but she knows all of the words to everyone else’s part as well.

“All of the children performed with so much confidence, thanks to the teaching staff here, and to put on such a brilliant nativity at such a young age was absolutely fantastic.”