The annual Alma Chanukah party was a riot of sugar, wild kids and content parents, glitter and icing – a perfect combination. This was the first big event in our new school, and it worked brilliantly.
The classrooms were transformed into hives of creativity and fun – from chanunkia and dreidle making, complete with lots of glue and glitter, to a classroom making use of little hands to roll out over 500 Chanukah candles (maybe Alma should start a factory…)
No Chanukah party would be complete without chocolate coins and doughnuts, and there were signs that our little school is growing (either in numbers or waist-line) as there were no doughnuts left this year, unlike previous years when we had to force them on unsuspecting members of the public.
The highlight for most parents was watching their children perform Chanukah songs in their class groups. The cute kids in Reception did a great little dance, Year 1 got jiggy with glow sticks, Year 3 gave us a rendition of the songs that would later be performed in the Houses of Parliament, and Year 2 sung the school anthem – Sufganiyot.
One of Alma’s greatest attributes is the sense of a unique community – parents, children and staff always relish the opportunity to hang out, come together and celebrate, and this is the catalyst behind such a special atmosphere within the school. Long may it continue.
By Laura Southern