Year 7 students at saltash.net community school excelled in their end of term Christmas Carol service at St. Stephens Church, inviting family and members of the local community to celebrate Christmas with them.
Organised by Head of Performing Arts, Ms Oatway, and Performing Arts teacher Mrs Venner, the service saw Year 7 students lead a number of musical performances and readings, assisted by a group of Year 8 students and Sixth Formers.
All students relished the opportunity to showcase their musical talents in front of their peers and parents, with performances ranging from the traditional (Katy Pike, Trinity Pollard and Leanna Reader led ‘Once in Royal David’s City’) to the modern (the whole of Year 7 sang a medley of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and ‘Hallelujah’).
There were also a number of powerful readings during the service, aptly starting with ‘The birth of Jesus’ from Luke 1, read by Matilda Stockley. Other readings included Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Another Night Before Christmas’ and ‘The Christmas Truce 1914’.
A particularly spirited performer was Amelia Writer, who played a saxophone solo of ‘Walking in the Air’.
As the service drew to a close, the whole of Year 7 sang ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, with the Year 8 band providing instrumental support. The service ended with Miss Harris leading the Year 7 ‘Signing Choir’ in a signed (and sung!) rendition of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’.
Ms Oatway was delighted with the service.
“We are really proud of all those who took part in the Carol Service – there were some really impressive performances from students from Year 7 through to 6th Form,” she said.
Congratulations to all who performed and took part and thanks go to St Stephen’s Church, Reverend Cathy Sigrist and organist, Darren Jane.