Academy’s pupils star in the nativity

Mary, played by Anya Aisbitt, and Aidan Monaghan as Joseph.
Mary, played by Anya Aisbitt, and Aidan Monaghan as Joseph.

Youngsters at a county academy have been dazzling in the spotlight as they performed a Christmas nativity.

Children in Years 5 and 6 at Bede Academy in Blyth put on two performances of The Star Attraction in front of family and friends.

The production saw angels dancing, singing by a choir of around 140 young people, acting by the main cast and 11 children playing instruments in the band.

The starring roles were performed by Anya Aisbitt as Mary, Aidan Monaghan as Joseph, Leo Simkins as Gabriel, Ellie Morris as the Star, Kane Heslop as Herod, and Kai Percy, Joshua Patrick and Owen Meggison as the three Wise Men.

Primary years headteacher Irene Watson said the children had given up several playtimes to rehearse and were delighted with the final result.

She added: “I think this was our most professional nativity to date.

“The extra practice the children put in really showed, and they are to be commended for their hard work.

“Our audience seemed to enjoy it and joined in enthusiastically with carols at the end.”

Every year group at Bede Academy Primary is involved in one of nine performances of five different Christmas shows appropriate to different age groups, from nursery to Year 6.

Collections at the end of The Star Attraction performances raised £198 for The Kenya Acorn Project to help support families and children in Africa.

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