FATHER CHRISTMAS and two of his reindeer paid a visit to children at St Buryan Academy Primary School at the end of last month, bringing a touch of festive sparkle to the village.
The school hosted an event on Friday November 29 for pupils, who were able to meet Santa, learn more about his flying companions and have lots of seasonal treats.
The charity celebration was organised by local support group Friends of St Buryan School, which is chaired by Malvina Jenkin, whose son attends. She said it was a lovely afternoon and although a yearly event, the reindeer were a first.
“We had two real reindeer - Merry and Christmas - which was amazing,” she said. “Everyone really loved seeing them.
“It was fun but also an educational visit - the children were able to learn more about the animals and feed them.”
Pupils were also able to have their photograph taken with Santa, take part in various activities and visit some festive stalls that were stocked up with kindling, cakes, hampers and other seasonal delights - and much of the proceeds went back into the school.
“My little boy had a great time,” added Mrs Jenkin.
“It was a really good event. Everyone was getting in the spirit of Christmas.”
Headteacher Janet Pascoe said it was a wonderful afternoon and was pleased it offered an educational aspect as well as festive fun.
“Local people from the community said how much they enjoyed it and are already looking forward to next year,” she said.
“We had people come down from farther afield this time round.
“The children really loved it.”
The school has a number of other Christmas events planned, including a special lunch for pupils. While on Tues December 17 it is hosting an open carol service at the village church, which starts at 4.30pm.