It’s been wonderful to see so many members of the School enjoying the end of term and the various Christmas performances that the final week brings. It’s been wonderful, too, to welcome so many parents, guardians, guests and friends to watch and listen to these festive celebrations.
I am full of thank yous and well dones this week: to the Pre-Prep, each year-group of which performed fabulously their own unique version of the Christmas Story in our Hall House Nativities; to our Choristers who have performed to a packed Cathedral at multiple concerts over the last ten days (plus the usual run of services); to our Hall House Singers, Junior Choir, Middle Choir, Senior Choir and Choristers (ie every pupil in the School) for their magnificent carols and anthems at today’s Carol Service in the Cathedral; to those pupils who were awarded Colours and Commendations for their sporting endeavours at yesterday’s Final Assembly; to our final Golden People of the term; to those who received their excellent Associated Board music grade exam results this week; to the fabulous FECS team for ensuring that Father Christmas was able to pay a visit to Hall House to meet every child and give out presents; and to the whole School community for the continued energy, enthusiasm, hard work and acts of kindness which have kept the School marching onwards at this busy time of year.
To those who are beginning their holiday today – well done and enjoy. You have worked hard this term and thoroughly deserve some down time and the chance to switch off. To those who are coming back in just over a week to begin a busy run of sung services over Christmas – well done and enjoy. You can be really proud of your musical contributions this term already, and of the joy you will bring to thousands of worshippers during your 4 days ‘on duty’ between the 22nd and the close of play on the 25th (and to the resident staff masterminding the supervision of said singers – thank you!). To the whole School community – whatever your holiday involves and wherever it will take you – have a blessed and very Happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 8th January (or the night before if you are a boarder).