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Dallas Primary School enjoy a wide range of Christmas activities focused on the joy of giving


By Garry McCartney

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Rose making a centrepiece for the Christmas Market.
Rose making a centrepiece for the Christmas Market.

FORRES ASG schools were busy in the run up to Christmas - none more so than Dallas Primary.

Head Teacher, Mrs Mairi Grant, encouraged pupils and staff to create a joyful atmosphere with the wider village community via a range of activities and celebrations.

Evan creating a tree cone on decoration day.
Evan creating a tree cone on decoration day.
Working with wooden snowmen on decoration day.
Working with wooden snowmen on decoration day.

She said: "We were unable to operate a school Christmas Post this year so our environmental leaders asked that we use Microsoft Teams to post a Christmas message to our friends and teachers.

"Cards made by pupils were shared and displayed for everyone to see."

Heading out to deliver gifts to the community.
Heading out to deliver gifts to the community.
Isla hanging her gift on one of the village doors.
Isla hanging her gift on one of the village doors.

She added: "For the past few years we've had a gift giving day in the village to celebrate the joy of giving. This year the children created more than 60 Christmas stars to hang on doors.

"The children were also incredibly creative with Secret Santa gifts created for each other from recycled materials.

"Our pupils appreciate the thought that people put into giving!"

The pupils learned how to make Christmas wreaths and other decorations including table centre pieces, sewn purses, snowmen sticks, bracelets, dream catchers and tree baubles as part of art and technologies learning throughout December.

P5 enjoying their Christmas lunch.
P5 enjoying their Christmas lunch.
The P7 top table.
The P7 top table.

They also: had a festive-themed come-as-you-please day; sold Christmas crafts; enjoyed a Christmas lunch and party games; interacted with online pantomime 'Cinderella' by Anton Benton Productions; and were wowed by a magic show.

"On our Festive Skills Day, Mr Custudio taught festive-themed games," added Mrs Grant. "Mrs Williams got festive in the school woods and pupils did Christmas craft with Miss Fraser and Ms Normand.

"The entire school community worked in mixed groups to create more decorations."

Just a jump to the left and then a step to the right!
Just a jump to the left and then a step to the right!
Following the P7s dancing on party day.
Following the P7s dancing on party day.

The school Christmas Party was also a success, as always.

The anticipation! Fergus opening his Secret Santa.
The anticipation! Fergus opening his Secret Santa.
Emily Rose was delighted to open her recycled gift.
Emily Rose was delighted to open her recycled gift.
Secret Santa made Fergus a Massey Ferguson tractor.
Secret Santa made Fergus a Massey Ferguson tractor.

"P7 did a fantastically well to plan and lead it," said Mrs Grant. "There was hat and place mat-making, games and dancing.

"The day finished with a tinsel trail in the woods leading to a giant parcel filled with gifts where Santa made a socially distanced appearance to speak with the children!"

The pupils followed a tinsel trail to a big parcel full of presents where Santa wished them Merry Christmas.
The pupils followed a tinsel trail to a big parcel full of presents where Santa wished them Merry Christmas.

Pupil Sadie Shepherd (8) said: "Everything is fun at Christmas time in Dallas!"

Emily-Rose Logan (9) aso loved the activities in the last week of term.

She said: "My favourite was the Secret Santa because we got to give and receive then we saw everyone was really happy with their presents."



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