14 Dec 2015

Anne Everest - Head's Message 14-12

Anne Everest 250wIf anyone doubts the real message of Christmas, the answers to all their questions are to be found in the faces of the children who are taking part in the nativity plays, concerts and carol services at St George’s.  The message is one of joy and wonder, and the Nursery children, in spite of tears, excitement and even – in some cases - bewilderment, clearly convey a whole spectrum of feelings and emotions as they eagerly look forward to the annual nativity, under Mrs Dennis’s skilful direction.

By comparison, the P1 and P2 Nativity seemed very sophisticated: girls had learned their lines perfectly and spoke and sang with great expression as they performed the parts of animals, angels, shepherds and kings (including Herod) who were visitors to the stable where the baby Jesus lay in his manger attended by Joseph and Mary.  The audience of proud parents and staff were delighted by their performance.

Lower School and our older girls in the Junior School delivered their own Carol Services at the end of last week.  These were much more traditional and solemn events, where readings and carols combined with the music provided by the girls themselves, all beautifully and carefully presented.  This week we also have two concerts, their programmes structured to help us understand the way that even quite young children develop their musical skills.

Finally, this autumn term will conclude at St Giles’ Cathedral, and the whole of Upper School will be there for the Carol Service by candle light.  This special service marks the end of the calendar year and is the event to which our Upper Six students will regard with great nostalgia as they prepare to leave school later this session.

The magic and meaning of the Christmas story are almost tangible through our various performances and services.  Those who have shared them with us leave with Jingle Bells on their lips and Silent Night in their hearts. On behalf of the staff and students of St George’s School, I wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas holiday.

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Anne C Everest
Head. St George's School for Girls

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