Festive magic at Charmouth Primary School

CHARMOUTH Primary School PTFA organised a highly successful ‘Drive Thru Santa’s Grotto’, with more than 75 children meeting Father Christmas from the safety of their cars.

COVID restrictions have led to a great deal of change within school communities, but the PTFA did not want this to stop the children from experiencing the Christmas spirit.

Volunteers arranged an outdoor grotto with lights and decorations ready for children to visit Father Christmas after school on Friday, December 11.

Parents, including some who also work at the school, dressed as elves and a Christmas tree to dance and have fake snow ball fights while Christmas music played, entertaining children as they waited to move around the car park to speak to Santa, who asked them what they would like for Christmas.

As well as organising the ‘Drive Thru Santa’s Grotto’ event, the PTFA used their contacts in the North Pole to arrange boxes to be delivered to each class.

The parcels were delivered with a warning notice that they needed to be quarantined before opening – a sign of the current times – and included Christmas craft activities, crackers and treats for the final days of the term.

Janna McDonald, chair of the PTFA, commented: “Not only did we want to ensure that our children felt the magic and fun of Christmas, but we also wanted to support the staff with fun activities ready prepared after they have worked tirelessly to support the children during these challenging times.”

Headteacher Laura Cornish added: “We are very fortunate to have such a supportive PTFA, who not only raise funds for the school, but also work to provide enriching experiences for our children and recognise the impact on the unprecedented situation on both staff and children.”

Charmouth Primary School PTFA arrange a variety of events throughout the year, many of which have had to be cancelled, including the Charmouth Challenge run, which involves many members of the local community and raises a significant amount for the school.

Despite these challenges, the PTFA have continued meeting online and have risen to the challenge of raising money through distanced activities, such as a school lottery, and organising a pantomime visit for the whole school, performed three times, once for each bubble.

Charmouth Primary School and the PTFA would like to extend their thanks to those who have volunteered and supported these events, including Penn Farm, Morrisons, Dorset Leisure Centre Ltd and Shave Cross Inn, as well as the many individuals, companies and organisations who have supported previous events.

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