Last week was our annual all-school assembly, where students from kindergarten to Grade 12 celebrate the season together, with songs and skits. Some of the younger Junior School students were paired up with Christmas buddies from Grade 12, many of whom dressed festively for the occasion.
As always, there were original skits performed by both students and staff. The staff skit starred our three school directors, who struggled to get rid of an unwanted gift from Head of School Bob Snowden. A chorus of teachers also sang “Green Christmas,” a song about the environmental virtues of regifting.
The student skit, “The Wizard of Claus,” followed the adventures of Head Girl Emily Reid, who is stranded at the school for Christmas. With the help of a variety of Christmas characters, she sets out to find Santa Claus in the hope that he will be able to grant her and her companions a few holiday wishes. Thwarting the non-denominational holiday witch and escaping the monotony of economics class were just two of the challenges faced by the brave students.
Both students and staff sang “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” (accompanied by the Middle School Honour Band) and closing number “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” All of our students took part in the traditional rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” with each grade singing one verse. The Grade 5 students made a musical contribution with “The Chipmunk Song” (originally by Alvin and the Chipmunks) and the Middle School Saxophone Quartet played “Deck the Halls.”
The kindergarten students might have been the most popular musical act, as they delivered a truly original tune. Their rewritten version of The Village People’s “YMCA” called “SMUS” quickly had some of the older students singing along and copying the letter-forming dance.
Photos are available in the photo gallery.