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There's SNOW production like a Brackenfield Production.

Talented pupils at Harrogate-based Brackenfield School have showcased their musical and theatrical talents, spreading Christmas cheer with a series of festive productions and performances.

Ensuring that the show must go on despite the current climate, this year’s displays took place with a virtual twist. Infant pupils took to the stage for their Nativity, ‘Dreaming a Dream of Christmas’, co-created by award-winning production writers, Ms Leaf and Mrs Moon, who have written the school’s productions for over ten years. The topical story told the tale of families being apart over Christmas, while also incorporating the traditional Nativity.

Further joyful productions shared digitally with parents and the school community include a traditional carol service with hymns and readings from the Juniors and a Christmas video featuring festive singing and artwork from the Nursery.

Pupils in Year 2 had the honour of visiting a local residential home, Manor House, to perform Christmas Carols outside for the residents. There was not a dry eye as they recited wonderful renditions of Christmas classics such as ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’ and ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’.

Headteacher Joe Masterson commented, “While this year’s festive productions have been different to those in previous years, our Christmas spirit here at Brackenfield School still remains and we were delighted to be able to share this with our local community, families and friends of the school.

“Not to be deterred by the current pandemic, our pupils put on a spectacular array of performances, expertly created by our talented staff members. Music, Drama and Art are important parts of the curriculum for all pupils at Brackenfield. The three departments frequently work closely together on productions of outstanding quality where the performances surpass all expectations for a small school. These activities help to give children the confidence they require to perform in public, which will be an invaluable asset during their school and working life.”