Christmas celebrations got off to a happy and Elfy start for children at Ramsgate Arts Primary.
A special visit to the popular production of Elf the Musical at the Hall by the Sea in Dreamland, Margate, staged by Regency Productions, kicked off the festive fun in a big way.
The energetic show got the RAPS revellers in fine form for a busy programme of activities and celebration.
Elf follows the story of Buddy, who goes on a journey to New York trying to find his birth father, causing mischief along the way. Through hit songs and festive routines, the audience is invited to help Buddy and his gang of elves as he tries to save Christmas, by singing loud for all to hear.
Continuing the music theme, the whole school community and parents gathered for a rousing carol concert that involved lively performances of a range of much-loved music and song.
This included performances of Calypso Carol by Year 3, Once In Royal David’s City by Year 4, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Year 5 and 6, Marshmallow World and White Winter Hymnal by the RAPS Choir. Families and children joined together to sing Silent Night, Away In A Manger, and O Come All Ye Faithful.
The RAPS tradition of a giant Christmas tree once again took centre stage and pupils helped dress it with an array of colourful and sparkly decorations.
In the main hall children showed their artistic skills by creating festive wreaths. Art teacher Kelly-Ann Smith said: “More than a hundred children and parents joined in our workshop. Families created rag wreaths from various donated soft fabrics and Christmas decorations.
“There were some beautiful wreaths created and they are now hanging in the main school reception before our pupils take them to display in their own homes at the end of term.”
Each year group enjoyed Christmas parties and also put on their own festive-style productions in the main hall. A tasty festive lunch was served up for the whole school to enjoy, while a Christmas jumper day saw pupils wearing an array of woolly winter warmers emblazoned with festive designs to school.
Head of School Nick Budge said: “The visit to see Elf was a great start to our end of term activities and festivities. It was a cracking performance and really got our busy programme under way in style.
“I was pleased to see our whole community and families gather for our big Christmas carol concert. In recent years it has been difficult to fully hold this particular celebration due to pandemic restrictions but this year we were able to hold a really memorable event that took place outdoors for the first time.
“We have enjoyed a busy and successful year at RAPS and we wish all of our children, families and friends a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.”