Apologies in advance for the length of this news alert…but all the information IS important!
It is not long now till the children perform their Christmas shows for you. Following the half term your child will be rehearsing their lines, songs and dances. Please feel free to help them at home!
For families who are used to our shows being at the Empire Theatre and performed as a whole school, you may be surprised to have learnt that this year things will be very different. We are strengthening our links with Consett Academy and they have very kindly offered us the use of their Auditorium.
Letters with further details will go out after half term, but below are things we must inform you about.
Lower School Show – Tuesday 17th December starting at 2.15 p.m. at Consett Academy
Upper School Show – Wednesday 18th December starting at 2.15 p.m. at Consett Academy
As the shows are after lunch, children will be on their usual meal arrangements that day. All children must come to school at the normal time on the day, please ensure they have a coat as they will be walking to the Academy from school. Tickets can only be purchased from Mrs Raine, and they are £3.00 each. They are limited to two tickets per child. The information that will be sent out after the holidays will have clear instructions as to how to purchase your two tickets, however, you must do this by Friday 15th November. If you do not purchase your two tickets they will be sold to other family members and you risk missing the performance. We appreciate that many families will want to purchase more than two tickets (grandparents especially). There will be opportunity to do this once priority tickets have been sold.
On Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th November between 9.00 – 10.00 a.m. Mrs Raine will be in the hall ready to sell additional tickets to extended family members. These are on a first come basis, with no limit per sale, but unfortunately no tickets can be reserved by phone or email, this makes it a fair process for all.
The Academy are being very accommodating in allowing us to use their facilities, but they do have strict regulations. There is no provision to store prams/pushchairs, the toilets facilities are only for children, the car park is only for Consett Academy staff and there will be no entry into the Academy before 1.55 p.m. (due to their students lesson change overs). Therefore doors open to families at 2.00 p.m. Sorry, but we must respect their terms.
The tickets are numbered, but your seats are not. Therefore, people arriving for admission at 1.45 p.m. have first choice on the seats they want. As all seats are expected to be sold, please do not leave individual seats spare between you as this will only delay the start of the performance. There is strictly no admission without your ticket.
There are no mobile phones/cameras allowed during the performances. We have a duty to safeguard our children.
Both shows will start at 2.15 p.m. and estimate to be finished by 3.15/3.30 p.m. If you have other children still at school, they will remain here until you can collect them. The Infant School have also been informed of these dates. If you are not coming to your child’s performance your child will be walked back to school for collection, you are of course welcome to collect them from teachers from outside of the Academy at 3.30 p.m
Doodle Club will still be on after school on Tuesday 17th December.