Children from Elements Primary School in Middleton have been receiving a special treat this week, with visits to their homes from Santa.
The school has had to cancel its Christmas Fair, including Santa’s Grotto, this year due to the pandemic, but was keen that their pupils didn’t miss out on the experience.
120 children were signed up by their parents and carers and staff working with the PTA have been out every night this week. The project has been a massive success judging from the children’s reaction:
“I told you Santa was real, I knew it, I knew it!”
Another child asked:
“But where are your reindeer?”
And another asked in wonder
“How did you know this was my house?”
Headteacher Sarah Horsbrough commented:
“It’s been magical, so much better than we could have imagined. The PTA have done an amazing job of organising everything, it’s been a great team effort.
“We wanted our children to see Santa, we knew for some of them it’s the only Santa they will see this year. I think it’s had such an impact because Santa has turned up at their home, on their driveway with a present with their name on it.”
“This year has been so difficult. We have still put on Nativity plays, but without a live audience. Parents will be able to watch at home.
“This has given the children experiences and memories, it’s really been a beautiful thing.”
Santa and his elves followed Covid-safe procedures throughout the operation.