Isle of Wight primary and secondary schools held a wide range of nativities, Christmas shows, carol concerts and other festive events before the end of term.

While many of the Christmas productions have been held virtually, with digital links for parents to be able to watch them, there is no doubt that the children have loved taking part.

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Cowes Primary School had a Christmas fayre, a Christmas carol concert and a Christmas fun day.

Donna Robinson, the school's business manager, said: "Following such a challenging time last year, the school really wanted to give the whole school community, especially of course the children, the opportunity of celebrating such a special time of year. It certainly has been busy!

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The hook-a-duck game at Cowes Primary School's Christmas Fayre.

"The Christmas Fayre was an amazing success, with stalls run by Year 6 pupils. Every child made a Christmas craft or gift – from festive peppermint creams to natural decorations.

"Children played games, whilst adults enjoyed the wine and chocolate tombolas, a fabulous raffle run by the Friends of Cowes Primary and refreshments from the school’s own kitchen. 

"They managed to raise a whopping £1,370 towards a new outdoor adventure play area. It was also fantastic to be able to have the whole school enjoying the special Christmas lunch day – all decked out in their Christmas jumpers!

"The Christmas decoration competition encouraged children to make bird/animal friendly decorations to hang on our beautiful horse chestnut tree, with some really amazing results.

"The Christmas Carol Concert involved the Early Years children having a wonderful time performing the nativity, accompanied by the whole school singing and reading the Christmas story, with Rev Andrew Poppe from St Mary’s Church in Cowes, in attendance.

"The Christmas Fun Day rounded off the fabulous celebrations; the whole school dressed up in Christmas or winter themed costumes, sang and danced and received a visit from a very special visitor – Father Christmas himself…..the excitement was just wonderful to see."

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Some of the cast from St Francis Primary Academy's 'Hey Ewe'. 

St Francis Primary Academy in Ventnor held a nativity called Hey Ewe.

Alex Augustus, school principal, said: "All children from Key Stage 1 took part in the production, dazzling fellow pupils, staff and parents with their theatrical skills!"

Meanwhile, Priory School performed the classic seasonal tale, A Christmas Carol, at Quay Arts in Newport, and the cast included children of all ages from five to 16.

The director, Simon Lynch, said: “I am incredibly proud of all the children. Looking back, I don’t think there is an element that I would change.

"The choir, the dancers and the actors were all superb and I couldn’t have asked for any more. I would also like to thank all the team that helped but especially Mrs Liz Tate whose costumes made the performance extra-special.”

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The Christmas spirits from Priory School: Marley, Past, Present and Yet To Come.

The classic festive story of Scrooge’s redemption and his embracing of the Christmas spirit reinforced the true meaning of Christmas and celebrated the brilliant range of talent available in the school.
The choir’s Christmas carols tied in so well with the story.

The Isle of Wight Education Federation Christmas Concert would have been on December 8 and would have included staff and students from all three of IWEF's school communities - Carisbrooke College, Medina College and The Island VI Form.

Due to the changing situation around Covid-19 measures, the event was cancelled and a recorded version of the concert was shared to parents instead.

Did you see last week's gallery of school nativities?

Please note that the schools have kindly sent in these photos for readers to enjoy.