Christmas is an extremely busy time of the year in Primary schools. Excitement escalates, children are on countdown for the big day, as are the staff, and through all the build-up to the Christmas show, one thing always shines through. Talent. Talent of our children and staff.
Through song, recital, acting and narrating, pupils shine with ability. Sometimes, the greatest thrill can come from the unexpected; the child that grows in confidence to perform with grace and maturity. Sometimes, it is in the song that sends shivers down your spine and goosebumps all over your body. Sometimes it is in a drawing made for mum, dad, a carer or someone special. Sometimes it is in the words that they write. One thing is definitely true, no matter how many years I have spent as a teacher or a school leader, I always feel privileged to play a small part in allowing children to flourish. As a teacher, I would argue you are on the front line providing memories. A colleague of mine always says, remember you are creating memories.
Children remember, some will be inspired to have a dream and know what they want to achieve. Some will look back in fondness at the memories created and others will sit quietly with a smile on their face remembering a mishap or a sense of pride in what they achieved.
With such negativity in the World at present, it is pupils that truly inspire. Not only through talent but ideas, commitment to a cause or simply by being them. Allowing their own individuality to shine.
Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year.