Prep Head’s Blog: 9 December 2016

Live from Bethlehem

Year 5 kick-started our Christmas celebrations with their unusual (and hilarious) interpretation of the Christmas story, combining the traditional elements with a very modern twist. Angels on skateboards, sheep that doubled up as townspeople and live reports sent back to the studio were all part of this story that, I learnt after the performance, was penned by our very own Mrs Gregory! The lines were delivered beautifully and the comedic timing worked perfectly. For those who weren’t there, I would like to include the final lines of the play here, delivered by Ysolde, summarising the power of this most amazing story:

We have heard from experts and witnesses, spoken with angels and have now seen this tremendous sight with our own eyes; it seems that tonight the scriptures have truly been fulfilled…we end in a lowly stable in a small town. We have come from different lands and different backgrounds but each of us has felt the power and love that surrounds the child and I think we all know that from this moment on, the world will never be the same again.’

Christingle Service

Years 1 and 2 treated an audience of parents and friends to a traditional Christingle Service last Friday, where we heard the Christmas story read beautifully. The readings were complemented perfectly by some beautiful singing and a talk from The Rev. The highlight of the service for me was a new Christmas song to the tune of ‘Show me the way to Amarillo’!

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Having recently left Canterbury, where the Cathedral was the venue for our Christmas service each year, I thought that beautiful Cathedral services were a thing of the past for me. I am delighted that I was very wrong about that; last evening’s service was beautiful. Our choir sang two pieces, Jesus Child and The Angel Carol, both by John Rutter; the first piece was sung with the Chamber Choir from Truro School and the second piece was performed just by our Truro Prep Choir. I was amazed by the sound and the visual performance of our children and would like to thank Mrs Renshaw for her expertise and time in developing our children’s talents to such depths. Thanks, too, to Florence and Luke who read the second and third lesson with style.

Christmas Fair

The annual Friends of Truro School (FTS) Christmas Fair took place this Friday and it was another special occasion; Father Christmas visited with his (very real) reindeer! There were a wide range of activities for all to enjoy including lucky dips; make your own baubles; a raffle; toy and book stalls; Christmas oranges and a photo booth. It was a lovely family atmosphere and the children all had a great time. Thank you to the huge effort made by the FTS who organised, arranged and produced a fantastic extravaganza for the children to enjoy. Money raised will go to our charity, Children’s Hospice South West; I hope to be able to tell you how much we raised next week. I would especially like to thank Mrs Rowe for all her hard work and expertise in being chief organiser of this event.

Thank you to all of you who have supported these events; it has made the festive season very special and has set us up perfectly for our final week of term. Our Cornish Christmas event takes place next Tuesday from 6:30 – 7:30 in the sports hall; we hope to see you there.