CHILDREN at schools in the upper Calder Valley got into the festive spirit by performing a wide range of Christmas shows.
Before the end of term, youngsters took to the stage in traditional nativities and more modern takes on the Christmas story in front of audiences of fellow pupils, family and friends.
At Walsden St Peter’s School, the infants performed a musical called Come To The Manger.
“It was like the Asda price guarantee - we were trying to send the parents home feeling ten per cent more Christmassy,” said headteacher Peter Stevenson.
“The children loved it. They all had a part and worked really hard.”
The Very Hopeless Camel was the theme of Old Town Primary School’s nativity, acted out by pupils from reception and years one and two.
School administrator Janine Turpin said: “People said it was the funniest they have ever seen and it was well received as always.”
Nursery, reception and key stage one children at St Joseph’s School, Todmorden, performed Nursery Rhyme Nativity, a series of nursery rhymes mixed in with the traditional nativity story.
“It was lovely,” said headteacher Maria Cooper. “They all enjoyed it.”
The juniors performed Hoodwinked, a pantomime about Robin Hood.
Class one and two at Luddenden Foot Academy took to the stage to perform The Bossy King.
Headteacher Simon Bromley said: “We had to put on an extra performance because we had such a good response. It was excellent.”
GCSE drama students at Todmorden High School presented the pantomime Jack and the Multi-coloured Beanstalk and were joined on stage by the year seven choir.
The pantomime was preceded by a selection of music, singing, dancing and readings by pupils in all year groups, plus a special performance by a combined staff and students band featuring headteacher Helen Plaice on violin.
Teacher Christine Wardle said: “It was lovely to see so many people involved.
“They all had a really fantastic time and it was a really nice way to round off the term.”
The whole of Stubbings Infant School, Hebden Bridge, got involved in its production of A Little Nativity.
The music and scripts were provided by Shelter and in return the school managed to raise £115 for the charity that helps homeless people.
Meanwhile, at Central Street Infant School, Hebden Bridge, pupils from years two and five shared the stage for a production of A Christmas Recipe.
Vanessa Dear, deputy headteacher at both Stubbings and Central Street, said: “Both plays were really lovely and they both got a really good turnout.”
There was not enough room to perform at Riverside Junior School, Hebden Bridge, so pupils walked the short distance to the Hebden Bridge Picture House where each year group did their own Christmas show.
Business manager Susan Bradshaw said: “The parents were very impressed and delighted with the performances.”
Pupils from reception through to year two at Scout Road Academy, Mytholmroyd, performed the The Hoity Toity Angel.
Headteacher Anne Stamp said: “Everybody loved it and thought it was brilliant.”
Year five pupils at Cragg Vale Primary School performed their nativity outside.
Mrs Beach, the school bursar, said: “Everybody thought it was fantastic because it was really unusual, but traditional at the same time.”
At Shade School, year one and two pupils performed Ralph The Reindeer while the juniors presented Shine Away at St Mary’s Church.
The reception class performed Nursery Rhyme Nativity and the nursery children also put on a festive production.
Pupils at Wood Bank Special School performed Shine Star Shine.
Todmorden C of E School’s infants performed The Bossy King for an audience of family and friends.
The juniors presented What Christmas Means To Me.
Pupils from Hebden Royd C of E Primary School performed Bridge In Bethlehem in front of appreciative teachers and parents.
Foundation and key stage one pupils at Cornholme School gave two performances of The Little Blue Star, their re-telling of the traditional nativity story but with a twist.
Castle Hill School’s key stage two children took part in a traditional carol concert at St Mary’s Church while the nursery and reception class performed a Christmas show.
Nursery and reception children at Ferney Lee School performed Whoops-a-daisy Angel.
Years one and two presented The Best Gift Ever.