SCHOOLCHILDREN in and around Ashbourne have been celebrating the end of another school term with a selection of nativity performances for parents to enjoy.
Longford C of E primary school moved away from the traditional Christmas nativity offering instead a comedy play.
Called Away with the Manger, the 39 children Key Stage Two pupils presented their humorous take on the Christmas story with a tale of two robbers who stole jewellery from a shop in town and hid their ill-gotten gains in the manger.
The thieves had to try and recover their goods from under the noses of the wise men and shepherds.
Headteacher Philip Searson said: “We were absolutely thrilled that everyone enjoyed our slightly different play this year.
“Parents are still telling us they couldn’t stop laughing all the way through, and we are very proud of how well the children did.”
Brailsford pupils presented Snow White and the Seven Jockeys.
Headteacher Jackie Micklethwaite, who will be retiring at the end of the year said: “It was a fantastic production.
“The children really put themselves wholeheartedly into the play, especially the singing, and made all the props themselves.
“It’s going to be strange retiring; I have had a wonderful eight years here with a great team, and will miss everyone when I go.”
Muggington primary school decided on a traditional nativity play with the theme of the Three Kings.
Held in the village All Saint’s church over two days the whole school played a part in the production.
Alison Hamble from the school said: “Our nativity was wonderful, the children have been working so hard rehearsing their lines and as always the Christmas performance is entirely infant led
“It was lovely to hear from parents and members of our community how much they enjoyed the performance.”