Christmas at Highfield
Everyone at Highfield got in to the Christmas spirit last week with various events and activities, including Carol Services, Christmas Dinners, a Talent Show, and of course, Christmas Jumper Day.
Christmas in the Boarding Houses
Christmas festivities in the Boarding Houses started off with a bang with ‘Highfield Come Dancing’. Some of the contestants had rehearsed long and hard to perfect their routines and this time and effort certainly paid off. We also had the delight of witnessing a couple of staff entries, firstly from Miss Gray and Mr Rennison who gave us all a wonderful Christmas Charleston. Then came Mr Urrutia and Mr Davies-Evitt who surprised us all with a mêlée of dances which left many speechless and in hysterics. However, the night belonged to ‘Silence’, Eloise Beattie, Eve Browne, Honor Bagshaw and Henrietta Cuninghame, with technical assistance from Mia Ashby-Rudd; who wowed us all with an amazing dance routine filled with mind-blowing lifts and tricks. The group was rightly crowned ‘Highfield Come Dancing’ Champions 2017 and winners of the Talent Show.
On the coldest night of the year the Boarders warmed the hearts of the staff who live on the Estate with some classic Christmas carols. It was a particularly festive evening with snow on the ground and a frost in the air and our joyful carollers particularly appreciated the treats they received at each door.
Whilst the Year 4s and 5s were enjoying their Christmas meal, the Senior Boarders feasted on Domino’s pizzas before dancing the night away at DJ Dunny’s Disco. Again, there were some spectacular dance moves on show, including a couple of renditions of ‘the worm’. Despite some rather hoarse voices the next morning, great fun was had by all.
Throughout the week the Boarders have created amazing decorations and trans-formed some of the dorms into Winter Wonderlands and Christmas Grottos in a bid to win the Dorm Decorating competition. The judging was extremely close, but our winners were Nightingale for the girls and Livingstone for the boys.
Christmas has really been a lovely time in the Boarding House and a great way to end what has been a wonderful term.
On Sunday 72 boarders took to the rainy streets of Guildford for Secret Santa shopping followed by a trip to the cinema. Each child picked the name of somebody from the boarding community at random and had to used their imagination (plus £5) to buy a thoughtful gift. After we enjoyed an excellent showing of Wonder at the Odeon we headed back to Highfield for a wrapping extravaganza. Right on cue, Father Christmas arrived and presents were handed out around the tree, accompanied by hot chocolate and marshmallows! A great day was had by all, thanks to all the boarding staff for their efforts.
Chapel and Flute Choirs visit The Peak Centre
The Chapel and Flute Choirs brought some Christmas cheer to The Peak Centre this week, entertaining the elderly with carols and youthful enthusiasm. The old favourites were wheeled out and the choir sang with their usual gusto and produced some super sounds. The flutes gave a beautiful rendition of Silent Night and Walking in the Air. They also helped hand out presents from Santa, tea and cake!