11 December 2015
The end of the Christmas term is always one of the busiest and most enjoyable times within the School Year. I do hope that over the past couple of weeks you have been able to attend one of the many events that have taken place. The Early Years Nativity ‘Born in a Barn’ was charming and the Infants’ Christmas Service ‘Children of the World’ was a very polished production. The Prep. School, for the first time in many years, also put on a superb Christmas production, ‘Christmas Stars, the Xmas Factor’, featuring children in Years 4 to 6. Carols and Cocoa with its mixture of pupil choral and instrumental pieces mixed in with communal singing was, as ever, a warm and jolly event. Last night the more formal Christmas Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Stockton Parish Church brought the School together to once again recall the Christmas story. The Children have also enjoyed Christmas parties and a chocolate tombola, courtesy of the PTA, and Father Christmas made a special visit to the Nursery and Infant School.
In amongst all these productions, services and parties the children have been busy supporting local charities and in particular those that care for people who are in need at this time of year. Collections were made in support of TFM’s Mission Christmas, the Elderly Care Ward at University Hospital of North Tees, Syrian refugees, the Salvation Army and Home Start. Thank you for your part in supporting these charities.
I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. I look forward to welcoming the children back when the new term starts, on Monday 4th January 2016.
A R W Taylor