This week has seen Christmas well and truly land. The trees I mentioned last Friday have all now been decorated. The enormous one at the front of school was beautifully done by the boarders helping me and Mrs Chippendale after they had been Christmas shopping and skating at Cribbs Causeway.
Also, as mentioned last Friday, I saw The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in the evening and was so enthralled by the collective telling. The company clearly understood the tale they were telling and combined with such fun and enthusiasm to carry us along with them – the fact there was a great deal of individual and collective talent to enjoy was the icing on the cake… or perhaps the chocolate around the Turkish delight?
From the oldest children in the school last Friday to the youngest this morning, on the same stage, but now re-dressed as Bethlehem and not Narnia, the 2, 3 and 4 year olds recounted the story of the first Christmas as Nursery performed A Wriggly Nativity. Escaping donkeys, mildly recalcitrant tractor-driving chickens and the odd wardrobe malfunction were some of the minor sideshows but at its core the children were gorgeous and energetic and should be thoroughly proud of themselves – well done the staff, too, in getting them so calmly into that shape.
It is pretty much Christmas all the way from here on in with our Carol Service on Sunday at 5.30pm in the College chapel up next – see you there.