Christmas certainly seems to be entering people’s minds as the festive decorations and preparations start to appear around school. This was certainly in evidence when I was privileged enough to attend the Reception Classes Nativity Performance. It was truly magical to see our youngest Felstedians perform for the very first time, retelling the amazing Christmas Story.
They had all learnt their lines perfectly and delivered them with the greatest of confidence, either as shepherds, kings or narrators! To watch the parents and grandparents’ faces was also wonderful – such pride and joy. As I said to a few afterwards who commented on their confidence, it is the first step on a long journey to be cherished.
To complement the Nativity we were also treated to the Ffrome Court production of ‘The Snow Queen’. Again, this was a scintillating production, full of great performances and joyful singing. I must thank the children, who so obviously enjoyed their time on stage, as well as the staff for pulling it all together.
The Year 7 and 8 German trip to Bremen Christmas markets went off fantastically well. A very early morning flight from Stansted was followed by a tour around the city, a traditional lunch and a visit to the Markets – all done with our partner school in Bremen. An early evening flight home followed, which completed a jam-packed day for all involved.
In assembly this week we discussed Christmas Traditions and which ones we all enjoy. Naturally, decorations, carol singing and the giving of presents emerged as favourite. We then went on to find out about some rather unusual traditions from around the world - the strangest probably being that people rollerblade to church on Christmas morning in Venezuela! We finished up our assembly by reinforcing the true meaning of this festive season!