On Wednesday 18th December, the school revelled in the Christmas spirit during the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Singing celebrations. Year 1 did a wonderful job at retelling the Christmas story to the whole school, complete with a very life like baby Jesus and super decorations and costumes. The baby Jesus would doubtless have been impressed by the superb rendition of “Mary had a baby” which Key Stage 1 had painstakingly rehearsed with Dr Mynott during their weekly singing assemblies. “Oh Christmas tree”, complete with actions, was equally a great hit.
In the afternoon, Key Stage 2 enjoyed learning more about the Annunciation: the moment when the Angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will become Jesus’ mother, changing her life forever. Year 6 had learned all their lines off by heart, and no doubt everyone left the hall knowing why Mary is so special to some Christians and enjoys so many different names. “The holly and mistletoe”, performed by the whole school, reminded us of some of the things we all enjoy at Christmas time, and “Oh Tannenbaum” and “We wish you a merry Christmas” were equally sung with gusto. The choir added to the theme by singing an a capella version of “The Virgin Mary had a baby boy”, complete with another fantastic solo from Lyndon, followed by duos and trios performed by Zara and Chantelle and Bethany , Ana, Saiesha and Lily respectively. The audience were sent out of the hall after the choir had given them a slightly more secular perspective of how the animals in the stable may have reacted to the baby Jesus in their midst.
The singing celebrations would, of course, not have been the same without the bright colours and sparkles of Christmas jumpers, alice bands, badges and Santa hats that had made it into school that day. Given it was also our Christmas lunch day, the whole school is now well and truly in the Christmas spirit and ready for a well deserved break, no matter how (and whether) we celebrate Christmas.