MT St Patrick Primary School students Tully Herrman, 11, (Mary with the baby), triplets Laura, Maddison and Jessica King, 12, and Luke Chaffer, 12, prepare for the annual Christmas Tableau.
MT St Patrick Primary School students Tully Herrman, 11, (Mary with the baby), triplets Laura, Maddison and Jessica King, 12, and Luke Chaffer, 12, prepare for the annual Christmas Tableau. Blainey Woodham

Celebrating 48 years

STUDENTS from Mt St Patrick Primary School in Murwillumbah have been preparing for one of the biggest events on the church and school calendar – the annual Christmas Carnival and Nativity Tableau.

The 48th annual show is due to get under way in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Murwillumbah on Saturday from 5.30pm.

As night begins to fall, the story of Jesus’ birth is to be enacted in “tableau form” on the hillside behind the church, accompanied by narration, choir and band music.

Glow-candles and carol singing will add to the Christmas atmosphere.

Parish spokesperson Denise Banner said the evening was a team effort of parishioners and the students, staff and parents of the three parish schools, Mt St Patrick College, Mt St Patrick Primary School and St Joseph’s School at South Murwillumbah.

“Rain, hail or shine the fete stalls will open at 5.30pm with a wide variety of craft, cakes, sweets, produce, plants, books, ‘white elephants’ and other items on sale,” she said.

“Most stalls are under cover in two ground-level school basements, with children’s rides and some stalls on the Queensland Road/Mooball Street playground.”

Mrs Banner said chocolate wheel raffles would provide a great chance to win a ham for Christmas, and numerous other raffles and a mini cent auction would operate. A range of food and refreshments will be on sale.

“The Christmas Carnival was first staged in 1961 and has since become an important feature of Christmas celebrations for the Murwillumbah and Tweed community,” she said.

“Everyone is welcome and admission is free.”

The Murwillumbah Christmas Tableau is among the first of a number of school Christmas presentations about to take place around the Tweed.




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