A world class act with festival fun

Owler Brook Primary school Christmas play 'Festivals from Arouind the World'
Owler Brook Primary school Christmas play 'Festivals from Arouind the World'
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PUPILS travelled the world to experience a feast of festivals from cultures of all kinds - without even leaving their school.

Youngsters at Owler Brook Primary in Fir Vale staged a festive show with a difference for mums, dads and relatives.

Festivals and Celebrations from Around the World was put together by staff and children to reflect the multicultural nature of the inner city Sheffield school.

Beginning with the famous strains of Walking in the Air, the pupils took to the skies like the Snowman to see how different peoples mark their own special occasions. First stop was Pakistan where Eid celebrations were well under way following the conclusion of Ramadan.

Then next it was off to the USA to see how a turkey dinner is an essential part of Thanksgiving.

The children showed how Christmas is celebrated in Slovakia - as the school has had a recent influx of pupils from the central European country - with plenty of good food and plenty of dancing.

Other ports of call were Africa, Spain and finally back to England to enjoy a traditional Christmas with carols, presents and crackers.

Headteacher Sue Bridges said all 150 children in the school played a part in the show, whether on stage or in the choir.

“We had lots of colourful costumes representing the different festivals and the show was created to include all the 11 different nationalities we have in school,” she said.

“The school hall was packed with parents - in fact it was standing room only.

“We have special shows at Christmas and at the end of the summer term. Originally they just featured songs but they’ve now grown into something much bigger,” she added.