First minister dashes hopes of Nativity plays

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has dashed all hopes of parents, carers and grandparents, enjoying Nativity plays at Arran’s schools and pre-schools this year following her Covid briefing at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

When pressed by MSPs as to whether she would will lift last year’s ban on Nativity plays and Christmas shows, Mrs Sturgeon said that the status quo would remain but that the guidance around schools is kept under review and decisions are based on the best available information from the education advisory sub-group.

Traditionally Brodick Early Years and Shiskine Primary perform Nativity shows, such as their Lights, Camel, Action show held in 2019, but they will not be able to hold a public performance this year unless Government guidance for schools changes to allow for large group gatherings.

The current guidance issued by the Scottish Government advises that live audiences may not attend festive shows at schools although the first minister added that some schools were making alternative arrangements for shows to be available to parents.