Rhunahaorine recounts classic carol’s creation

The cast of Rhunahaorine Primary School's play.

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Rhunahaorine Primary School transformed Tayinloan Village Hall into the Austrian village Oberndorf during its Christmas play.

Children from the school and pre-five unit told how Christmas carol Silent Night, composed by Franz Gruber to lyrics by Father Joseph Mohr, was created in the small 19th century village.

As the carol references Jesus’ birth, the children also performed a mini nativity within the main play.

With a few absences on Wednesday December 19, some children stepped in and filled more than one role but during the impressive production, the audience was none-the-wiser.

The five pre-five children were arguably the stars of the show, not only filling two roles each and appearing in many of the crucial scenes, but also with individual lines to say.

The senior students did a fantastic job of supporting the younger children throughout.

Afterwards, head teacher Ruth Reid, who is leaving the school after eight years, was presented with a bunch of flowers and a giant card reading: ‘We will miss you.’

Mrs Reid in turn paid tribute to the pupils and staff she is leaving behind, giving each a small gift, and wishing them all the best for when they return in the new year with new head, Mrs Brown.

The cast of Rhunahaorine Primary School’s play. 50_c52rhunahaorine01

The pre-five children put on impressive performances. 50_c52rhunahaorine02

Some Austrian villagers with Father Joseph Mohr. 50_c52rhunahaorine03

Silent Night composer Franz Gruber. 50_c52rhunahaorine04

As well as nativity characters, the pre-five children were mice. 50_c52rhunahaorine05

Narrator Louise Hurd stepped for an absent pupil at the last minute. 50_c52rhunahaorine06

Head teacher Ruth Reid is leaving Rhunahaorine after eight years. 50_c52rhunahaorine07