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Seasonal Cheer and Merriment Still the Order of the Day!

Friday, December 8, 2017 by Justin Chippendale

Today saw the first mince pie of the festive season brought to my lips! After this morning’s Nursery Nativity the throng of parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties and friends etc all enjoyed a cup of tea and seasonal sustenance over which to ‘ooh and ahh’ about the magical charm of the tiny children’s portrayal of the familiar story.

Last night, I watched the excellent production of ‘The Great Gatsby’ at the College with several former King’s Hall pupils involved: following the School of Rock I have seen plenty of shows recently and still have the Pre-Prep Nativity to look forward to next Friday.

Earlier in the week I popped up to Shrewsbury to spend some time with our new Director of Finance and Operations from January, Simon Worthy. It was really good to see him on his own patch and get to understand a little more about each other. Furthermore, he is currently at Prestfelde School, a 30 acre suburban prep school, and it is always a pleasure and a benefit to observe how others do something similar to yourself – I noticed that parents and grandparents enjoyed their tea and biscuits after their Nursery Nativity in a very similar way! I know Simon is very excited about the move to King’s Schools and looking forward to becoming involved in the multifarious aspects of the role.

On to ‘the big day’ … I see the odds on a white Christmas are currently 4/1! Today there has been a great deal of chatter amongst the children (and adults!) hoping for a quick blanket of white here to add to the increasingly seasonal mood. It doesn’t look likely to fall thickly enough to affect our Carol Service on Sunday which is good as the choirs have been preparing and it will be lovely to see all the Prep families for a fabulous celebration together… followed by more mince pies!

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