SCHOOLCHILDREN learnt about the symbolism of Christmas in a Christingle service.

Pupils aged between five and seven took part in the yearly event at Conifers Primary School, Radipole Lane, Weymouth.

Headteacher Rachel Hiscock lit the Christingles, made by the children with oranges, red ribbons and dried fruit. Parents also attended the service at the school, which was led by Father Richard of St Paul’s Church.

Mrs Hiscock said: “When we lit the candles and turned the lights off it was a truly magical moment for children and grown-ups.”

The pupils also started winding down for the end of term by taking part in a Christmas craft day.

Pupils aged between four and 11, spent the day making Christmas decorations to take home, at Conifers School, Radipole Lane.

Art co-ordinator and teacher Sara West said: “This is something we do every year, and the children and staff all look forward to it.

“The older ones help the younger children, making splitpin snowmen, angels, stars and ‘fandangles’, which are streamers with lots of Christmassy things on.”