The lighting of the tree outside the main hall of the school at the start of December marked the start of the countdown to the Christmas holiday for both pupils and staff alike. The two weeks until the end of the term is always a glorious time and unites the school community as one. There is always so much to be done but somehow everything is completed and with good cheer.
The Parents and Friends Association, helped by pupils, held a very successful Christmas Fayre raising nearly £1500 for their funds. The senior school put on an excellent production of The Little Shop of Horrors followed swiftly by a well received Pre-prep and Prep School Nativity Play and Concert. Somehow we also manage to fit in an Old Pupils’ Reunion and a 24-hour Sporting Marathon to celebrate the refurbishment of the Sports Hall.
Boarders went out for their end of term evening meal to a well known American food chain. Christmas lunch was served and Years 7 and 8 headed for ice skating in York, while Year 9 and above enjoyed the house quiz.
It is the afternoon before the last day of term and there he is, flying through the sky, Santa and his reindeers, Rudolph and Prancer. They had come to visit our youngest pupils in the Pre-school. Of course the little ones were excited but so was the Head, the Chair of Governors and the rest of the school!
Onwards to that final day of the Autumn Term and the Head’s last assembly of the year. The achievements of the pupils are recognised with sports colours given and certificates presented for Merits; Latin; Mathematics Challenge; First Aid; Heart Start and involvement in the School Council. The assembly is then followed by some supposedly ‘normal’ lessons before the whole school makes its way down to the village church where we are joined by parents for the Carol Service.
The Prep School and Senior School Choir have been in rehearsal for several weeks and they do not disappoint with excellent arrangements of Gaudete and Stille Nacht . The procession makes its way up the aisle as we sing our hearts out to O Come All ye Faithful, partly sung in Latin. The beautiful sound of the choir’s descants still ringing in our ears, we head back to school for mince pies, tea and coffee; a fitting end to a busy but very productive term.
Then they are gone …..and it is all over until January ….phew!…..
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful 2013.