It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Several classes around school have seen the odd smattering of Christmas sparkle appearing and, today, several Christmas trees have been installed and now expectantly await their seasonal coat to be duly applied.
Whilst the talk out of school is all about tiers (tears?), US transitions, vaccines, impending European departures, on site we continue to learn, perform and grow together.
Learning is going on everywhere as the lessons, exams, research, experiments, projects, preps etc continue to be delivered as business as usual.
On the performance side in Prep, we have already had two excellent plays from Year 8 with the third class due to round things off in the next few days. Mrs Keirle has done a terrific job once again and the children can be very proud of what they have created. You will have noticed more detail in Newsletters as they are performed but whilst we have certainly missed the pizazz of a big musical show, there have been some valuable compensations such as the chance to use punchier material for this age group and the greater examination of more individuals this work has brought. Music, sport and creative arts give plenty of other opportunities to perform, too, and there is no let-up in the volume of activity across the weeks.
Growing in all its physical, spiritual and conceptual ways is an everyday part of life here at King’s Hall as we forge forward together. Particularly when there is a sense of collective burden, everyone pulls even tighter together and often the result is an even more powerful, meaningful and permanent growth experience: it is true to say that our Covid experience is making us all stronger and strengthening our bonds with each other.
Two weeks to go and, as usual, we will delight together in the wonder of this time of year and the joy that it brings – made all the more potent because it is shared, under global duress, with much loved family, fabulous friends and hugely valued colleagues.