Horndale County Infant & Nursery School is located in the town of Newton Aycliffe, near Durham in the North East of England.
Our local area is most famous for the great George Stephenson, ‘The Father of Railways’. George Stephenson was an engineer who designed and built locomotives in the 1800’s. The trains he built included Locomotion No. 1 and The Rocket.
The town has lots of industry and factories and during World War 2 was predominantly used as ammunition factories.
We are a small school with the community at heart.
Our decorations this year were made by pupils and their families. They were invited into school to complete a ‘crafty afternoon’.
At school we have lots of traditions that we continue every year as families at home have lots of their own tradition, some similar to those we have in school.
At school, we decorate the school with decorations and trees on the 1st December. We visit our local church St Clare’s and hold a Christingle Service with our local Junior School. Our School cook makes a wonderful Christmas dinner and we have a party with lots of dancing and prizes. Sometimes, if we are good, we might get a visit from Father Christmas!
When schools closes for the Christmas holidays, lots of families have their own traditions. In the town, lots of lights are lit and people get together to sing Christmas Carols and songs.
On Christmas Day we like to spend the day with our families eating lots of food and giving gifts.
We really enjoyed making lots of decorations for your school and we can’t wait to receive our decorations from you.
We have had lots of decorations already start to arrive at school – we have loved learning about your countries and traditions. We have started a display to show where you are located in Europe and to show your decorations – our Christmas tree will arrive next week here we can begin to display lots of them too! Thank you so much.