Two great performances kick started the Festive celebrations here at All Hallows. The children in Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3 worked extremely hard and had great fun producing and performing their fantastic Christmas production! Based on the nativity story (with a few cleverly masterminded comedy tweaks) the children really flourished in their drama-focused learning. The Reception children were enchanting as fluorescent sheep (inspired!) dosy-doing to ‘Cotton-Eye Joe’ … tails a-wagging and hooves a-tapping. They took the role of naughty little lambs by the horns and were convincingly bad! Year 3 ‘Carol Singers’ added a real depth and quality to the singing and narration throughout whilst the fourth wise man captured the hearts of every mother in the audience with his offering of ‘chocolate’ (we suspect Mary may have appreciated this more than baby Jesus!). The angels were beautiful; the shepherds were hilarious and the human shining star atop the Christmas tree was a fitting finishing touch – magical.
Next came the long-awaited, bi-annual Staff Pantomime which adheres to the strict rule of ‘no rehearsals’ (apart from on the extravagant dance routines which were precisely choreographed to exact standards). This year’s ‘performance’ saw a thief in the Land of Make Believe, hotly pursued by the (bearded!) ugly sisters. Giggles all round! The Junior Carol Service was a feast for all the senses. What a fantastic atmosphere as the children, parents and staff sung together whilst enjoying hot drinks and marshmallows! Our boarders enjoyed a whole host of festive activities including a Christmas Dinner, dorm decorating competitions and traditional carols on the steps. Once again, the Carol Service on our final day of term proved a fitting finale to a wonderful Michaelmas Term and a time for reflection and celebration. The heart-achingly beautiful Cradle song by the English composer Herbert Sumsion, sang by the Trebles will linger long in the memory.