Brimming with enthusiasm and confidence and decked out in their very best festive finery, Years 3-5 gave us a truly spectacular Christmas assembly starring festive class poetry, the junior choir, solo instrumentalists and a rousing Spanish rendition of 'Deck the Halls'.
The entertainment began with Year 4â€™s poised delivery of the Clement Mooreâ€™s Christmas classic, â€˜Twas the Night Before Christmasâ€™, complete with dramatic flourishes from the more daring (of whom there are many). Quieter, but just as effective, was Year 3â€™s sensitive performance of Barbara Vanceâ€™s â€˜Winterâ€™ as they told us of how nature ushers winter in. Year 5â€™s class performance drew on their termâ€™s space topic. Fittingly including the song â€˜A Spaceman Came Travellingâ€™, they delivered a humorous space-themed sketch which had us all laughing.
Itâ€™s on occasions such as this that the breadth of the musical talent in the school really shines and none more so than in the Lower Prep where there is an almost 100% take-up of instrumental and singing lessons.
Amongst many standout performances, we were treated to some hell-raising pieces on drums from Finn (Song 2 by Blur), Will Rivis (Thriller by Michael Jackson) and Mikey Mulryne (Knock on Wood); beautifully modulated vocals from Alfie Brennan (My Grandfatherâ€™s Clock) and Darcie Walsh (Hushabye Mountain) and a sensitively sustained piece on sax by Rosa Lamont.
Finally, mention must be made of Junior Choirâ€™s beautiful performance of John Rutterâ€™s â€˜The Carol of the Childrenâ€™ and the tremendous sight of all members of Years 3-5 confidently ringing out â€˜Deck the Hallsâ€™ in Spanish (Ya llego la Navidad).