The Upper School choir sang out proudly to welcome pupils, staff, parents, carers, families and friends as they entered St Nicholas’ Church for the Carol Service on Friday 8th December.
The Upper School choir sang out proudly to welcome pupils, staff, parents, carers, families and friends as they entered St Nicholas’ Church for the Carol Service on Friday 8th December. The church was packed and there was standing room only for some of those who had come to join the celebration. Everyone looked very festive wearing their Christmas jumpers, but it was very cold in the Church, so we had to keep our coats on as well!
Our service at St Nicholas was made even more special this year because we were lucky enough to be joined by Major Ian Urmston and the band from the Southsea Salvation Army, who played for everyone as they entered the Church.
After being welcomed to the Carol service by Ashley and then welcomed to the church by Reverand Sam, the service began. There were traditional carols mixed with more modern Christmas songs sung by all; each time the choir also stood at the front of the church and supported both the singing and the signing. In addition each song was accompanied by children from across the school with a variety of different musical instruments, from castanets and jingle sticks to bells, claves and cabassas.
Once again our families and staff were very generous in donating goods to the Salvation Army who would be feeding many local homeless people over the Christmas period. A huge range of food gifts were donated including mince pies, Christmas puddings, Christmas cakes and Christmas chocolates. In between carols and songs, two children from every class took turns to present decorated boxes full of food gifts, to Reverand Sam and Major Ian from the Salvation Army.
Towards the end of the service Major Ian spoke to everyone about the work of the Salvation Army and how they give Christmas dinner to people who are homeless or alone on Christmas day. Reverand Sam said a prayer to bring the service to a close just before the choir led the whole school singing and signing ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’.
What a wonderful sharing experience for everyone involved, including parents, carers, families and friends who joined us in church and then came back to school for a hot chocolate and a mince pie! Many thanks to everyone who very generously donated foods again this year. Well done Cliffdale!