Students smile for Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows Elementary on Friday, the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Students smile for Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows Elementary on Friday, the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Oak Bay students show pandemic poise for Santa visit

Uptown Santa delivers cheer to Willows before winter break

You know you’re deep into a pandemic when a group of seated kindergarten children don’t even flinch a muscle to get up when Santa visits the classroom.

Uptown mall’s Santa Claus went room to room at Willows elementary on Friday afternoon. Pandemic-savvy students remained seated and distanced from the man in red. A pair of Willows elves, seven-year-old Jackson Edgely, in Grade 2, and six-year-old London Vik, in Grade 1, distributed candy canes.

“I want a surfboard,” said one child.

“Or a Wayne Gretzky rookie card,” said another. “They’re super rare.”

Santa’s rosy cheeks and cheery smile were visible to all through his state-of-the-art see-through mask, a surprise invention the elves didn’t know they’d be crafting when 2020 started.

Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class sang I want a Hippopotamus For Christmas for Old Saint Nick and sent him on his merry way, escorted throughout the building by Rudolph and Frosty.

READ ALSO: Christmas comes early to Willows elementary

reporter@oakbaynews.com


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Students sing for Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows Elementary on Friday, the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Students sing for Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows Elementary on Friday, the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Students talk to Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows Elementary on Friday, the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Students talk to Uptown Santa during his visit to teacher Leah Edgely’s Grade 1-2 class at Willows Elementary on Friday, the last day of school before the winter break. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating Mackenzie Courchene, a Langford teenager.
MISSING: Mackenzie Courchene last seen in Langford on March 2

West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating the Langford teenager

Rendering of the proposed Esquimalt public safety building. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)
Esquimalt blazes new trail toward modern public safety building

Township using alternative approval process for first time to gauge public support for proposal

Landmarks such as Howard the giant gnome at Galey's Farm in Saanich make a stunning backdrop for celebratory dance in the Greater Victoria Festival Society trailer for its coming Dance Victoria campaign. (Screeshot/Greater Victoria Festival Society)
Residents’ videos help campaign Dance Across Victoria

Celebratory dance clips to be compiled into Greater Victoria Festival Society video

Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday features Grace Fouracre as teen Ellie Blake (left) who swaps bodies with her overworked mother, Katherine, played by Nadia Lurie. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)
Saanich high school goes virtual with Freaky Friday musical

Reynolds Secondary theatre program to livestream performances March 9-12

Saanich Fire Department. Black Press Media File Photo
Fire displaces three Saanich families from two homes

Saanich firefighters found the fire had spread to a neighbouring home upon arriving

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

The Port Alice pulp mill has been dormant since 2015. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Parts recycled, life returning to inlet as as old Port Alice mill decommissioned

Bankruptcy company oversees de-risking the site, water treatment and environmental monitoring

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

(Black Press Media files)
Medicine gardens help Victoria’s Indigenous kids in care stay culturally connected

Traditional plants brought to the homes of Indigenous kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Most Read