Christmas is a very special time here at Longfield Academy. All of our children have been as busy as Santa's Elves making decorations, baking christmas treats, practising Christmas songs and even forming a Christmas band.
Our Junior Toddlers did a great job decorating our christmas tree and even made some of their own using playdough.
Our Senior Toddlers created beautiful christmas art to decorate their classroom. They made jingle bells, baubles, melted snowmen, and christmas trees.
'Longfields Christmas Marching Band' began the christmas festivities with a Christmas parade through all the rooms playing Christmas songs with their musical instruments.
Our Junior and Afternoon Red Pre-Schoolers invited their parents to come into school for a Christmas party. They made delicious Christmas rice krispies buns and hot chocolate with marshmallows as treats for the party. The children and their parents had a list of jobs to do before a special visitor arrived. This included having a treat, making a tree decoration, pinning the nose on Rudolph and singing a Christmas song. Santa read all the children a Christmas story and gave them all a special present.
Our Senior Pre-schoolers had their Christmas concert for all their Mammies and Daddies. They sang lots of christmas songs and also sang a beautiful rendition of 'Its a long way to Tipperary'. The children were very excited to get a visit from Santa, who heard their singing all the way from the North Pole.
We would like to wish all our Longfield families and friends a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.
On Monday 16th Dec, the Senior Preschooler's headed off on the bus for their second trip of the year to 'Le Cairde' Dementia Day Care Centre.
The children were all very excited, heading off on their Adventure. The children had been preparing for weeks for this visit because they were planning on performing some Christmas songs for the people who attend Le Cairde. Noelle and Ciara did a fantastic job at preparing the children for this visit and for teaching the children all of their songs. Noelle and Ciara even taught the children two new songs 'She wears red feathers' and 'It's a long way to Tipperary', these are two of Le Cairde's favourite songs.
On the bus journey to the centre, we warmed up our voices by singing a very energetic version of 'The wheels on the bus' which was led by one of our preschoolers, Ellie. As we arrived to the centre, Catherine and Geraldine were there to greet the children.
The children were led into the centre by Catherine and Geraldine, where they met all of the people who they were going to perform for. The children headed striaght for the 'big chairs'. We played some ball games with Geraldine while Le Cairde had their morning tea.
We noticed a beautiful display on the wall, it was a collage of pictures from our last visit to Le Cairde, which was made by one of the men who attends the service. The children thought this was fantastic.
Finally, it was time to shine. The children performed a number of songs for Le Cairde, including Jingle Bells, We wish you a merry Christmas and Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. We then performed Le Cairde's favourite songs and it was very heartwarming as everybody joined in. Le Cairde also performed some of their songs for us and the children were so delighted, cheering and applauding.
The children introduced themselves to everyone and did not hesitate to have a chat or two. Before we left, Catherine presented each child with a present, this was very exciting.
When it was time to leave, the children lined up at the door and headed back out to the bus for our return to Longfield Academy, to tell everyone about our adventure!
Longfield Academy would like to thank Le Cairde for having us, we really enjoyed the morning and we look forward to visiting again!
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