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Christmas Performance – Christmas with the Aliens

I’m sure that you are all aware that preparations for the Christmas performance are now in full swing.  The dress rehearsal takes place on Monday, 7th December when Crayke Playgroup will be coming to join us.  The afternoon performance is on Tuesday, 8th December and begins at 2.30 p.m., with the evening performance taking place on Wednesday, 9th December, beginning at 6.00 p.m.  As in previous years, the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are to be the stars of our Christmas concert.

After Tuesday afternoon’s performance, the children will be changed and sent home with their costumes.   For Wednesday evening’s performance, we would like the children to be back at school promptly by 5.50 p.m. already dressed in their costumes.  Could the children also bring a change of clothing for after the performance to go home in.

Children in Years 3/4/5/6 will have the opportunity to see the concert during school time on the Monday morning.  Due to the popularity of the Christmas production, both the afternoon and evening performances are extremely busy and we would be grateful, therefore, if older children who have already seen the performance could refrain from attending again in the evening.

The hall is always very full for the evening performance so, if possible, I would be grateful if as many people as possible could take advantage of the Tuesday afternoon performance.  Please remember to park in Crayke Sports Hall on both occasions to ease the traffic congestion and enter the school via the hall doors, not the front entrance.  Please bring a torch for the evening session.

Fire Safety Procedures During School Events

Although fires are thankfully a very rare occurrence in schools, everyone needs to be aware of what to do in an emergency situation.  This section is to inform you of what to do in the event of a fire or power cut during a school event such as the Christmas performance or a parents’ evening.

If everyone is in the school hall for an event and there is an emergency, then the two hall doors that lead on to the playground are for parents to use to exit the building.  If you are in a classroom, then please exit by the nearest exit point, which will be one of the following:

Main entrance

Hall doors

Class 1’s cloakroom exit (Mrs. Sheppard’s)

Junior cloakroom exit

The assembly point for everyone is the school playground.  The pupils will leave via the front entrance, Class 1 and the junior cloakroom doors.  Children will be evacuated from the school by the school staff.  The children must assemble outside in their class lines, so that they can all be accounted for.  Parents should go and stand with their children.  I must stress the importance of keeping children in their class lines, so that staff can do a head count.

There will be torches sited at various points in the hall for staff and Fire Stewards to use in the event of a power cut.  These will be used to guide people to the exits and to the assembly point.  Torches will be sited on the windowsills by each of the hall doors that lead onto the playground so that they are easily available.

Various parents kindly volunteer to be Stewards at evening events and position themselves by one of the exit doors.  Whenever you do come into school, please will you make a point of noting where the fire exits are and point these out to any relatives or friends who may be with you.