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This year we were treated to two Carol Concerts in the Cedar Hall for the first time. The children very much enjoyed performing to full houses, and it was a lovely start to the Christmas season.

Year 3 and 4 took us on a trip around the world to discover different traditions. In Poland, we learned about Gwiazdka, the little star which Polish children look for on Christmas Eve. Children from Malawi make special clothes out of leaves, whilst in Australia Christmas may be celebrated by a barbie on the beach. The children were fascinated to learn about the origins of candy canes in America and that Father Christmas is known as 'Sheng Dan Lao Ren’ in China. Perhaps our favourite moment was during the carol 'Christmas Candle' from Eire where the children held out tea lights to replicate the candles welcoming travellers home.

Year 5 and 6 sang a wide range of carols both old and new. The Chamber Choir presented a modern twist on the traditional carols 'Silent Night' ('Follow the Star') and 'The First Nowell' ('That First Nowell') whilst the Rock Choir took us on a train ride with 'The Starlight Express'. Handbells were used by Year 6 in 'Ring Out' whilst Year 5 presented us with a rousing version of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. We were transported back in time with 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and brought right back to the present with 'New Boy Born', a very new carol with words by Carol Ann Duffy, the poet laureate. Small groups of Year 5 and 6 singers performed in harmony. The Christmas story and spirit were explained and explored through drama, poetry and children's writings.

Year 3 and 4

Year 5 and 6