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Christmas Blog 2011

Posted: 23rd December 2011 | Category: Headmaster's Blog

What a busy end of term!

The Christmas Fayre was brilliantly organised by Chairman Jane.  The three dodgy gangsters on the Human Fruit Machine were hysterical and dispensed their booty with true generosity. Santa arrived by hackney carriage and obviously enjoyed the sound of the School Choir singing festive carols.  £1600 was raised but the best thing was that fun was had by one and all.

Then, of course, the Juniors took centre stage …literally!  I was astounded at the confidence and volume of our Year 1 and 2 classes as they retold the Nativity story in a modern yet poignant manner.   The dance was beautifully choreographed; the singing and acting were also well-rehearsed but without being overpractised.  Well done to teachers and pupils alike!

The climax to the Autumn Term is always the Carol Service and this year the elements smiled favourably on us!  We broke with tradition and replaced some of the traditional Bible readings with other literary offerings.  To complement excerpts from Luke 1 and 2 we were treated to the Flavelle children reciting e.e. cummings’ Little Silent Christmas Tree.  Georgina also read Hardy’s The Oxen which was moving indeed.  The musical contributions from the instrumentalists, the soloists and the choirs were delightful and Bibi’s rendition of the Virgin’s Slumber Song in German was sublime…many a moist eye I can assure you!

Strangely enough Max Reder’s “Maria Wiegenlied” was one of my late mother’s favourite songs and one of our parents at the Carol Service thought the words in German sounded beautiful but said that it would have been helpful to have a translation – well here goes!  The German first and the poetic translation thereafter!

Maria sitzt im Rosenhag

Und wiegt ihr Jesuskind,

Durch die Blätter leise

Weht der warme Sommerwind.

Zu ihren Füßen singt

Ein buntes Vögelein:

Schlaf, Kindlein, süße,

Schlaf nun ein!

Hold ist dein Lächeln,

Holder deines Schlummers Lust,

Leg dein müdes Köpfchen

Fest an deiner Mutter Brust!

Schlaf, Kindlein, süße,

Schlaf nun ein!

Amid the roses Mary sits and rocks her Jesus-Child

While amid the treetops sighs the breeze so warm and mild
And soft and sweetly sings a bird upon the bough
Ah, Baby, dear one
Slumber now

Happy is Thy laughter; holy is Thy silent rest
Lay Thy head in slumber fondly on Thy mother’s breast
Ah, Baby, dear one
Slumber now

The teachers rounded off an exciting Friday with a gentle end of term celebration at the Mark Cross Inn.  It was a convivial affair and afforded those that could with the opportunity to let their hair down!  Great fun!

As I write so the family members of the Lewis clan begin to gather – and we all wish you a Merry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Buon Natale!

Merry Christmas!
Joyeux Noël!
Feliz Navidad!
Frohe Weihnachten!

“God bless us, every one!”

Tiny Tim

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