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Chadlington School Christmas report

The Editor has received this report of how the children at our local primary school marked the festive season this year:
“For the final part of the term focus was very much on Christmas, and the pupils of Chadlington C of E Primary School busied themselves in typical fashion.
Pupils sang carols for the blind at the Memorial Hall, setting them in good voice for a month of warbling.
For the second year in a row pupils from the Wizards class attended the Big Christmas Sing in Oxford Town Hall, and not only did they set the tone of the entire performance with a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Silent Night in both English and German, but there were outstanding solos from Gracie Ogden and Freddie Haines-Shaw, who topped the audition pile to ask us all, ‘Where did my Snowman go?’. (The author may be incredibly biased, but felt for the second year in a row Chad were comfortably the best).
Next on the agenda was a performance at ‘Christmas in Chippy’, where pupils joined our Head of Governor’s, Claire Ogden, to give the event a musical kick-off. There were both some beautiful solos from Claire herself, backed up by some chorus work from the school, and a few extra numbers from the Chippy Stage School, with a notable solo from Chad School year 6s, Tom Chettleborough, and Bobby Jarrett-Rawlence. There was also a sneak preview of CSS’s forthcoming Easter production of ‘The Greatest Showman’ (10 – 12th April).
The singing and performing didn’t stop there though! On the 12th of December, a packed out Chadlington Church was treated to a brilliant Christmas concert, with each class providing their own segment for the assembled crowd of parents, grandparents and friends. First up, the Pixies and Elves told the story of the Nativity, punctuating their narrative with some tuneful performances of the Zither Carol, the Little Drummer Boy and Away in a Manger. Then it was the turn of the Dragons, who produced an energetic display, as they rocketed through ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’, with actions as well as song. Finally it was the turn of the Wizards, and they lent an element of poignancy on the occasion with a moving recital of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘The Christmas Truce’. We concluded with some uplifting carols and restorative Mulled wine for the adults before heading off into the fresh chill of a Winter’s eve.
On top of this operatic run into the Festive period there have been trips to Dick Whittington at the Oxford Playhouse, and A Christmas Carol at the RSC in Stratford.
Busy, fun, and educational, school bounces back in January.”

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