St Columba’s pupils ‘peace’ together a magical Christmas

St Columba's P7 pupils went to Oban Cathedral to film The Blessing of the Crib for Christmas 2020.

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St Columba’s Primary School pupils created a magical Christmas jigsaw this festive season.

Head teacher Michaelina MacLellan explained that each class was given a separate scene to work on and then each part was pulled together to create the perfect Christmas story via video, which is available to view at

St Columba’s P7 pupils went to Oban Cathedral to film The Blessing of the Crib for Christmas 2020.

The P7 class also attended Mass at St Columba’s Cathedral and filmed the annual Blessing of the Crib.

The Blessing is usually a highlight of the year in the cathedral, but due to Covid restrictions it could not go ahead as a public event.

To overcome this, P7 wrote their own script and filmed it instead to send out to everyone on Christmas Eve and ensure that no one missed out.

Mrs MacLellan said: ‘We’re extremely proud of how well both the children and the staff worked to enable us to still have a nativity this year, despite the circumstances.

‘It might be a very strange year but our whole school community has pulled together to ensure that there were smiles all round and that Christmas 2020 is remembered for good reasons.’

Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus in the St Columba’s Nativity which was filmed at Christmas 2020.

Festivities at the school included Christmas dress up day, with catering staff making a delicious traditional Christmas lunch – topped off with crackers and party hats.

Thumbs up from pupils for the St Columba’s Christmas lunch prepared by canteen staff with gifts from the Parent Council.

The fun continued with a Christmas movie night where children got to choose which film they watched and got goodies to eat and drink.

Catering staff kindly also made ‘party boxes’ for class parties with food, such as sausage rolls, spring rolls and sandwiches. Its Parent Council also kindly made a donation towards the party goodies.

These three ‘Knights’ of St Columba’s enjoy a game of chess.

Ms MacLellan said: ‘All of our classes played games and danced and laughing could be heard throughout the school.

‘Some of our classes even had a visitor that managed to get in our classes, without us seeing, and he left us a sackful of presents.

‘Yes, it was Santa himself! He left us a letter to say he was sorry that he couldn’t come in person this year but he promised he’d still visit us on Christmas Eve. One of our classes did catch him on camera though!’

The kids are united: We saw him!