I had high expectations for the school Christmas concert but it exceeded them – completely blew them out of the water! It started with refreshments in the dining hall, where families mingled and took part in the sixth form tombola. Then a queue formed to go into the hall. My mum, sister and I ignored the queue and finished our hot drinks but as a result we were on the back row. I have never seen a school event so well attended, it was standing room only at the back, which is great.
The children were all dressed in their Christmas jumpers, so there were Santas, Rudolphs and Christmas puddings galore. They all looked amazing and very festive. There were some brave pupils sitting in front of the curtains who were doing readings using a microphone. They each stood up in turn and read their lines beautifully. One by one the class performances took place, with Christmas music, we saw classes dress the Christmas tree, leave out a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph, have snowball fights and pull a stuck Santa out of the chimney!
Joshua stood on the back row with his jingle bells beaming, with his reindeer antlers on his helmet making him even taller than usual. He looked around, it was the most engaged I have seen him in a performance, he really was enjoying himself. I saw a familiar look on his face as he decided to toss the jingle bells after enough jingling, but fortunately, nobody was hurt as they flew through the air. In the second song, he broke free from his TA so that he could stand at the front and dance to the music and again was looking out at the audience, showing off.
But the highlight for me had to be a brave solo performance of ‘Let it Go’ from the film Frozen. She was dressed as Elsa and bearing a microphone sang her heart out. There was not a dry eye in the audience as we witnessed such enthusiasm and joy, as she gained confidence we were treated to actions too.
The whole show was a real delight and I would like to thank all of the children and staff for making my day. I continued to grin all day long whenever I reflected back over the show.