Christmas at St Faith’s

It’s been a wonderful two weeks leading up to the Christmas break.  Parents, grandparents and siblings have been treated to wonderful performances of the traditional nativity story from both Upper and Lower Nursery as well as a Christmas Play from Reception and Year 1.  We will never forget how magnificent the little ones were despite the angels being off with the fairies and baby Jesus being dropped a couple of times.

The children sang their hearts out and did a fantastic job of remembering all their lines.  The Year 1 and Reception combined performance was outstanding with well over 100 relatives attending.

Reception children were extremely excited about the prospect of dressing up in their beautiful Nativity costumes when they visited High View Oast Care Home in Ash. They all looked spectacular as they sang a selection of songs from our Nativity play including ‘The Magical Christmas Tree’ to the elderly residents and staff.  They were accompanied by two talented musicians who were wonderful ambassadors for the school; our Head Girl, Martha, performed ‘Deck the Halls with Bells and Holly’ on the Oboe and Year 4, Evelina, played a delightful rendition of ‘Away in a Manger’ on the flute.  Our chamber choir also had a wonderful time singing at the same local care home and the residents absolutely loved listening to the festive songs and seeing the children.

Every year, the children of Year 2 start our spiritual services off at St Nicholas with Christingle. This service is extra special because it not only tells the stories of the journeys to the light made by the shepherds, villagers and wise men at the birth of Jesus, it also helps to support the vital work of The Children’s Society through the congregation’s charitable giving (we raised over £250). Yet again our amazing Year 2 performed well as they led the service by reading, acting and singing. This year, in particular, we seemed to have a greater number of families supporting us, which the children very much appreciated. Thank you to everybody who donated money for this worthy cause.

Concluding the term and undoubtedly the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the school calendar, our Christmas Carol service, was supported by all staff and pupils at St Faith’s.  As always, this beautiful heart-warming service brings joy to the soul, a tear to the eye and helps us all reflect on what Christmas is about…being thoughtful, caring and kind and respectful to all others, especially those less fortunate than ourselves. The acoustics of St Nicholas certainly accentuated the beautiful voices of our children as they sang and smiled their way through the evening to the delight of all!

Thank you to all staff involved in these productions and services, especially Mr Ainsworth for encouraging and training our many young musicians.

Merry Christmas Everyone!