Christmas really kicked-off at Darkley Primary School earlier this month when Santa Claus himself paid a visit.
The school was transformed in what was a magical evening on Thursday, December 7, with more than 20 Christmas tables in the school hall showcasing lots of local arts and crafts.
School principal, Ciaran Monaghan, said: “I can’t thank all these stalls enough. It was brilliantly attended by the wider community and everyone had an absolutely wonderful night.
“What made the occasion extra special was that every pupil had been involved and created their own crafts which were sold on the night by our superb P7s.
“Other classes were used as areas for visitors to enjoy tea / coffee and treats while others had arts and crafts for children of all ages to enjoy. Festive backdrops were the theme in other rooms where everyone could enjoy taking a festive photo.
“One room in particular was very magical as we had a visit from Santa. His grotto was exceptionally busy with over 150 pupils getting to meet him. Our P1 room was also a hive of activity as we showcased everything our school had to offer.
“It was absolutely superb to see such a crowd enjoy themselves in our wonderful school. I was extremely proud of how our pupils and staff could put this together.”
And it was all done in time for the school plays which were another packed out attraction last Tuesday and Wednesday – evenings not to forget for all!
Said Mr Monaghan: “As principal, I was overwhelmed with the support from the entire community and thrilled to see our very special school centre stage in supporting our locality as we build towards another magical Christmas in Darkley.”