Yesterday, February 5, there was great excitement for pupils at Kennet Valley C of E VA Primary school as they received a surprise visit from Father Christmas. Friday 5 February was ‘Christmas in February day’ and one of the school’s themed Fridays designed to lift spirits in lockdown.
As well as a visit from Father Christmas, children and staff all wore Christmas jumpers and outfits for the day to complete their work, whether they were in school or at home. Class teacher Sarah Hues said, “It was lovely to see everyone in their festival outfits on our live morning check in. It was fantastic for all the children to see that they were joining in together with this theme.”
Emma Russell, Headteacher, joined Santa Claus as he delivered a little gift to every child in the school. She said, “We have been so pleased to run the themed days each week this term. It is always marvellous to see the children, on their Teams’ calls, dressed up and joining in together.
Ensuring that the school community stays connected is vital in this tricky time and the staff team work hard to ensure all of our families are happy, inspired and involved while they are at home.”
Angharad Hughes, a parent, told Marlborough.news, “Father Christmas, Mrs Russell and her team of little elves were on the trail to hand deliver a Christmas present to EVERY child in the school AND any siblings who weren’t even attending! My two were utterly thrilled and surprised to see Santa knocking on the door in February!! Kennet Valley is an amazing little school and it makes an outstanding effort for its community. Mrs Russell is at the heart and soul of it all.”
Other parents commented, “Just amazing! It lightened the mood and made my children feel remembered and thought of! Thank you Santa and the KVS team.”
“Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise today. Mrs Russell and her team are such a support during this difficult time and we are all so grateful.”
Santa then returned to the school to give presents to the 31 children who are attending the school during the lockdown.