Children celebrate Nativities and festivities

Glenbarr Primary School's nativity was recorded so parents and carers could watch it later.
Glenbarr Primary School's nativity was recorded so parents and carers could watch it later.

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With schools unable to welcome friends, family and members of the community to watch their Nativities, plays, shows and concerts this year, many shared their productions online instead.

Southend Primary School’s Nativity, which is available to view on the school’s Facebook page, was titled Children Around the World.

The production taught pupils many new skills, including how to create special effects, and there was much laughter as they flew across the world finding out how children in different countries celebrate Christmas.

Glenbarr Primary School’s pupils also hosted a virtual Nativity which featured references to the pandemic which prevented friends and family from being able to watch the production. Instead, it was filmed and later shared with parents and carers.

In many schools and early learning centres, the festivities also included parties, some of which Santa Claus attended.

The man in red also attended many community events. Last Saturday, he paid a visit to Glenbarr, touring through the village on a sleigh towed by a tractor covered in fairy lights in place of his reindeer, which were resting before Christmas Eve.

He was joined by an elf who helped him give sweets to the many children who turned out to see him.

He then travelled over to Islay to deliver presents and sweets to children with the help of more elves, island firefighters, volunteers and staff from Bruichladdich Distillery.

Councillor Alastair Redman, who saw Santa during his visit to Islay, said: ‘A huge thanks to everyone involved. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone.’