Schools across the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust have been getting in the Christmas spirit.

From charity shoebox appeals to Christingle services, pupils have been taking part in a host of fun, festive activities throughout December.

Here’s just a taste of some of the activities going on throughout the Trust.

At Anthony Curton and Tilney All Saints Primary School Partnership, Year 6 pupil Hayley Barry has recently performed in the festive production “Santa Needs Our Help”.

PE Teacher Miss Hill, who went along to see her perform, said she is a star in the making.

“Hayley shone bright and performed beautifully to a packed theatre,” she said.

“Well done, Hayley, you show excellent potential in the expressive arts.”

On December 10, the school was also visited by Father Christmas – at a safe social distance, of course.

Holy Cross Church of England Primary School has had a hugely successful charity shoebox appeal, filling 75 shoeboxes full of toiletries, toys, clothes and treats.

Lead teacher Emma Pursglove said: “We are a small school so filling so many shoeboxes is a huge achievement.

“It’s quite overwhelming, the generosity out families have shown. It’s humbling.

“We expected we may be able to fill 40 shoeboxes so to have completed 75 is just amazing.”

In December pupils from the school visited St James’ Church in Runcton Holme for a Christingle Service.

Year 6 pupils Charlotte and Lilly-May read from the bible and said prayers while the rest of the school joined in singing.

Mrs Pursglove said: “We had a lovely Christingle service with Reverend Nigel and our Headteacher Mrs Zeil.

“It was beautiful when all the children lit their Christingle candles in the church.”

Elsewhere within the trust, Ten Mile Bank and Hilgay Riverside Academy celebrated the birth of Christ with the return of its annual nativity performances.

Pupils at the school, part of the Riverside Federation, also held a Christmas Chart Show, complete with festive hits.

Other activities included children writing their own Christmas Calypso, while the Barn Owls class held a “brush chucker challenge”.