Christmas is always an exciting time for our boys, as it is for children everywhere. With this year undoubtedly set to be different to most due to the pandemic, we are determined to bring some festive cheer to boys, the school and wider community.
For the boys, the fun has begun with the arrival of Christmas trees and decorations. Usually, we have one lovely big Christmas tree in reception. However, this year we have opted for slightly smaller trees around the Prep School so that all the boys can see and enjoy them within their area of the school. It is wonderful to see that each has its own style and character – the Christmas tree in the Atrium of Nash’s and Palmer’s will soon be decorated with handmade salt dough decorations crafted by the boys, the tree by the Inky Library, fittingly, has suitably literary decorations, and the tree in the Erskine May Hall shows off some beautiful decorations created by the boys in DT. There is also a tree outdoors in the nature garden for everyone to enjoy, even the local wildlife.
All week the boys have been busy preparing for a special film called ‘Always Have Hope’, which will replace this year’s usual Christmas carol services. We can confirm that the boys’ singing and acting is sure to spread some much-needed festive cheer, and we hope that families across the school will enjoy sharing their evident Christmas joy. You can read more about the film here.
Boys and staff are also busy collecting items for this year’s All Nations Church’s ‘Christmas in a Box’ appeal. To be able to play a small part in helping local families in crisis through the ‘Christmas in a Box’ appeal is even more vital this year, and boys and staff are proud to do their little bit. Our Y3 Choir have also been practising their singing for a special outside performance for a local care home later this term. Their cheerful voices, as they carry through the open windows of the home, will hopefully bring some festive joy for the residents.