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Youngsters from Woodside First School wearing their new wet weather suits at their crib and stable.

Youngsters from Hethersett Woodside First School are helping to make Christmas a little sweeter for those without homes this year.  

The children have been busy preparing and donating bags of sugar for the homeless. Before Christmas these will be sent to the Norwich based Buckingham Emergency Food Appeal and used for baking and hot drinks for homeless shelters during the festive season.  

Woodside Head Helen Lamb believes in teaching the children how to give as well as receive at Christmas:  

“Christmas is a very special time for us all and we celebrate by giving gifts to the community as well as receiving.”  

The school has also donated 74 shoe boxes containing presents for the Christmas Child appeal. The boxes have been added to thousands being sent from Norwich to Novi Sad for distribution in Serbia and Montenegro at Christmas.  

The children have been celebrating Christmas with their own concerts with Reception and Year One performing “It’s a Baby” and Years Two and Three performing “It Was on a Starry Night.” They have also enjoyed a special Christmas dinner, had a visit from Father Christmas, watched a performance by puppeteers funded by the Friends organisation and taken part in the annual Hethersett Schools’ Carol Service in St Remigius Church where children from Year Three provided a choir. Next Monday the youngsters will be visiting Woodcote Residential home to sing to the residents.  

The school has turned a former shed in its grounds into a crib and stable for “baby Jesus.” The all purpose shed has previously provided home for Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  

The stable is particularly popular with children from the school’s reception class who can visit it in all weather thanks to a donation of wet day play suits by the Friends organisation.  

“The introduction of wet suits is something we will be developing in the school. It lets the children go out in wet weather,” Mrs Lamb said.