December has flown by in a flurry of trips, parties and Nativities in the run up to Christmas at Chapman House.
On Thursday 6th December, parents gathered in the Main Hall for Nursery and Reception’s endearing version of the Christmas story, The Gigantic Star. Weaving itself through the traditional narrative was the theme of self-confidence, as the Gigantic Star, beautifully portrayed by Esme Hall, shared her worries about standing out alongside other, smaller stars. Of course, the constellation of smaller sparkling stars reassured her with the message throughout: “We like you just the way you are. You are special.” It was a lovely Nativity story with an important sentiment, one to be shared at any time of the year, not just at Christmas.
It was equally heart-warming to watch the Christmas Play performed by Years 1 and 2 the following day. Their love of performing was evident in their enthusiasm, confidence and composure. This Nativity was titled The Inn Crowd in which girls told the Christmas story from the perspective of the different stable animals. The girls had to try hard to mask their excitement of performing for family members, as they were embodying very tired stable animals, unable to sleep due to the very noisy donkey in their midst! The girls mastered the song lyrics and script lines with ease, filling the audience with pride and joy.
It was a lovely way to wind down from the hard work of the Autumn term, and Junior girls in Years 3-6 concluded with a Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church on Thursday 13th December.