As we start the wonderful season of Advent, the School is full of anticipation and excitement (and of course, glitter!). This time of year is one of the great delights of teaching young children – a time of great activity but also a time to share the joy and meaning of Christmas. The children’s enthusiasm for lessons with a Christmas flavour is infectious – for example, they love working on their Christmas maths problems and advent poems – but I feel they also have an important lesson to teach us – their love of creating something special to give to friends and family. While it is true that children are very excited about the presents they themselves might receive and give careful thought when writing their letters to Father Christmas, in my experience they are just as excited by spending time carefully creating a special Christmas gift to give to their family.
This week I have visited classrooms which are a hive of industry with children creating some fantastic masterpieces – a seasons calendar, beautifully designed Christmas cards and candle table decorations using natural foliage. The pride and excitement in their faces when showing me their special gifts is wonderful – and I know that families will be just as excited to receive these special, personal gifts. So I hope this will encourage us all to get creative and wish you all a very happy Christmas full of the joy of creating and giving!