Our December News
The run up towards Christmas is a very special and joyous time at Burdett-Coutts and as always, there were several events and services held to remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.
Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more! “
It all kicked off on Wednesday the 7th of December, when Early Years and Key Stage 1 astounded the audience at St Stephen’s Church with their entertaining and rousing production of Busy Busy Bethlehem telling the Christmas story from the perspective of a busy Bethlehem soldier.
Key Stage 2 followed strongly a week later on Wednesday the 14th of December with their production of Babushka, giving a Russian flavour to the age-old story of the birth of Jesus Christ. At both plays, the audience were invited to join in singing the all-time favourites Away in the Manger and The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy.
Well done to everyone who took part and a huge thank you to all the parents and carers for attending and to the staff members involved in making the productions a rousing success!
The Year 5 & 6 Choir were also kept busy with several engagements in December including singing at Churchill Gardens by the Christmas tree lights. The choir sang beautifully and everyone (including Mr Carden!) was rewarded with selection boxes of chocolates afterwards.
Year Six Choir sang at Norton House, a local Care Home, and at the Head Office of the John Lewis Partnership. Year Five Choir also sang at the Abbey Community Centre, Great Smith Street, and Cardinal Place shopping mall, in support of the Westminster Befriend a Family Charity, where they raised more money in an hour for the charity than any other of their collections this year!
The Head Choristers and Deputies (Ava, Christian, Maylia and Roshawn) have also been really busy, sometimes giving up the whole of their lunchtime to help with the music folders, and helping to select soloists. Thank you to them and of course to Mr Carden for all their hard work during this busy time.
Friday the 16th of December saw the whole school participating in the Nine Lessons service at St John’s Smith Square concert hall. The festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, and hymns.
Introduced by The Revd. Graham Buckle, the service opened with beautiful clarinet performance by Miss Rhodes, accompanied perfectly on the piano by Mr Carden.
The hall was filled with the voices of the Year 5 & 6 Choir who reprised several songs from the KS2 Nativity. There was also participation by KS1 who performed Busy Busy Bethlehem while sitting within the audience.
Parents and carers were also invited to join the entire school in singing favourites like Once in Royal David’s City, We Three Kings and The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy. An unforgettable moment was a special duet of Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Mrs McMullan and Mr Brickell!
In between the songs and carols, there were thoughtful and poignant readings by Mr Martin, Mrs Dyer, Lydia (Year 2), Ernest (Year 5), Miss Polly, Miss Rhodes, Mrs O’Brien, Mr Carden & Mr Daniel. It was a truly magical and wonderful service setting the right tone for Christmas perfectly.
And finally, there was a special whole school Christingle Service on Wednesday the 21st of December at St Stephen’s Church. Led by The Revd. Graham Buckle, Christingle has a been a key part of Christmas celebrations at our school and church for many years.
Filled with songs, prayers and performances, the highlight of our Christingle celebration involves the lighting of the Christingle candles under dimmed lights – a moment filled with awe and wonder for everyone attending. It was the perfect service to fill everyone with the spirit and wonder of Christmas before the start of the holidays!