'Tis The Season To Be Jolly
Santa Surprise Marks End Of A Special Week In Nursery
The final week of term has been a whirlwind of exciting Christmas activities for the smallest members of Brookham. The children started the week by watching the pantomime Cinderella. What a treat! They smiled throughout the performance, even when the lights dimmed and Cinderella’s wicked stepmother entered the stage, proving what resilient superstars they truly are. Continuing the festive theme, the children simply couldn't finish the year without making a delicious Christmas cake because they absolutely love to bake! So they helped to weigh the ingredients, crack the eggs and expertly chop the apple to add to the festive mix. The smell of spices filled the air and with Christmas music playing in the background, they busily set about the task of mixing everything together. Chatting to one another and taking turns, they used their muscles to mix and combine the ingredients into a heavenly mixture. Away from the kitchen, and after sharing a delicious Christmas lunch on Wednesday, the children were incredibly excited to discover during the Christmas party that they had a very special visitor - Father Christmas and his Elf, who came to deliver a sack of presents for all the children. The happy children rushed to greet them with beaming smiles on their faces and a very special, joyful feeling filled the room. What a great way to end the year! ‘Oh no it wasn’t. Oh yes it was!’
Penny Hodnett, Nursery Class Teacher
Reception Reverberates To The Happy Sounds Of Christmas
As a fitting end to a lovely autumn term, the Reception children celebrated a successful first term with a fun-filled Christmas party. Resplendent in their funky festive jumpers and with their tummies filled with a sumptuous Christmas lunch, an excitable group of four and five-year-olds began the party with a twist on traditional party games. There was much joy and laughter as the children played Musical Snowmen, Santa Says, and Reindeer, Reindeer, Rudolph, all the while showing off their very best dance moves. As the children began to tire, spirits were quickly lifted with the arrival of a very special visitor who was greeted with a sea of delighted faces and excited chatter. With a joyous 'ho ho ho' and a clanging of his favourite bell, Father Christmas said his goodbyes - but not before he left a present for each happy child. What a fabulous end to the term for a group of children who have embraced not only the magic of Christmas but all that Brookham has to offer.
Georgie Hunter, Head of Reception
Year 1 Belie Their Years With Wonderful Festive Performance
As a teacher, this is one of the busiest weeks of the year, but it's definitely one of the most rewarding too. Watching Year 1 perform their wonderful Christmas performance was a particular delight. They recited their words and sang songs so clearly and ably that it's difficult to remember they are only five years old. The blossoming independence and creativity shown while making Christmas crafts was a delight to behold, as was the sheer excitement on their faces while pulling crackers during Christmas lunch. The final week of the year always ends with the fun Brookham's Got Talent show, and this year was as brilliant as any that have gone before. In fact, many Year 1 children had the courage to perform in front of the whole school. We had comedians telling jokes, a sea-shanty band, dancers and singers. It truly was an extravaganza of talent! With the autumn term now over, all that remains is for the Year 1 team to wish you all a very happy and healthy Christmas.
Kerri Wilkes, Year 1 Teacher
Fabulous Year 2 Play Was Truly 'Fit For A King'
Everything has to be perfect. Everything has to be planned. Or so say The Inn-Spectors! Year 2 put on a show to remember with their fantastic Christmas performance. For many, it was their first foray onto the stage, and they hugely impressed their teachers with their dedication in learning their lines which were delivered with true panache. The audience radiated as confidence emanated from all sides of the theatre; the children rose to the occasion, clearly enjoying themselves as they sang and acted out an alternative version of the Nativity. There was humour, awe and wonder throughout the performance which really was ‘fit for a king’. Well done, Year 2!
Henrietta Platt, Year 2 Teacher
Mrs Baber Brimming With Pride After Year 3 Christingle
There was huge excitement on Monday as Year 3 put the final touches to their Christingles and headed home early from school. But why, you may ask? Because they were soon to return, looking smart and dressed to impress, for their special service in the Highfield chapel. The Year 3 children have put their hearts and souls into learning the words and songs over the past few weeks and this was clearly evident as they delivered a quality, polished performance. They delivered their readings with wonderful clarity and confidence and the singing was angelic, bringing a festive tear of joy to the eyes of many a watching parent. "What a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season!" said a proud and smiling Mrs Baber as she thanked the children and Mrs Hall for all of their hard work. Year 3 pupils and teachers alike would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas holiday and look forward to seeing you all in 2022!
Shirley Jervis, Year 3 Teacher
Fitting Finale As Year 4 Hit The Right Notes
The Year 4 carol service was a wonderful way to finish the term and my career at Highfield. The festive service has always been the first opportunity to see Highfield's youngest children perform together as a year group, in front of an audience. Unfortunately, last year the carol service took place behind closed doors in front of a video camera. Although things remain far from normal, this year we were very fortunate to be able to celebrate the service in front of delighted mums and dads. We returned to a traditional service with a beautiful solo and candlelit procession to Once In Royal David's City. This was followed by the retelling of the birth of Jesus through poetry, which the children carried off with terrific confidence. As a year group, they make a beautiful sound and we obviously have some very talented singers and musicians. The children also sang one of my personal favourites, The Holly and The Ivy, with great enthusiasm. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and heart-warming service, one that I shall remember with great fondness. I would like to wish both the children and parents a very happy Christmas and very best wishes for 2022.
Martine Melling, Year 4 Teacher
Year 5 Jump At The Chance Of A Dazzling Dress Code!
It simply wouldn't be Christmas without at least one day of wearing snazzy, colourful, fun and funky jumpers. So when Christmas Jumper Day loomed up on the Highfield calendar, Year 5 didn't need asking twice to do their bit for the dazzling dress code! We had reindeers with red noses, we had cats in hats, we had sparkles, sequins and baubles galore, we had candy canes and silly sprouts - but most of all we had festive fun and laughter all the way. Merry Christmas, Year 5!
Flora Aubrey-Thomas, Head of Year 5
Year 6 Have A Cracker Of A Christmas Lunch
Crackers? It certainly was! But the lavish Christmas lunch certainly went with a bang as Year 6 got stuck into turkey and all the trimmings this week, and it was truly a feast fit for a king! Of course, Christmas jumpers were also the order of the day while there were no shortage of Santa hats and crinkly crowns fresh from the crackers. With fun, smiles and laughter there for all to see, it was the perfect way for the children to usher in the festive season. Merry Christmas, one and all!
Vivienne Liddell, Head of Year 6
Year 7 Fully Embrace The Spirit Of The Season
Year 7 have embraced all things festive this week, culminating in their own carol service at end of the term which was sadly depleted in numbers due to so many children having to isolate. Those that were able to take part sung with their usual enthusiasm and their preparation was clearly evident. The Chapel Choir added their descants for the congregational hymns to bring some Christmas finesse to proceedings. It proved to be a fitting festive finale for Year 7, who had already thrown themselves wholeheartedly into Highfield's annual Christmas produce sale and the great fun that is Christmas Jumper Day. A dazzling array of fancy knitwear was on show for all to see as the children really embraced the festive spirit.
John Mühlemann, Head of Year 7
House Supper Proves A Night To Remember For Year 8
The final evening of the Autumn Term is always full of excitement and anticipation for the forthcoming Christmas break, but it is also centred around one of the highlights of the year - the House Supper. This year's social gathering involved the whole of Year 8 and a number of Year 7 boarders, and it was an opportunity to put the spotlight on both individuals and groups of children for their endeavours through a somewhat manic and challenging term. It was a delight to see Year 8, dressed in their Sunday Best, enjoy a time of celebration together in such good spirit, surrounded by the amazing food provided by our wonderful catering team. There was plenty of laughter and joy, aided without doubt by the standard Christmas cracker jokes, with conversations about memories already made this year and excitement for what is to come. Form and boarding awards were also announced, ranging from the pupils’ and tutors’ Highfieldian of the term to the House Parent Hero of the Term award to individuals upstairs. There were also dorm awards. The Christmas decoration prize was hotly contested, while the Dorm Tidy Prize might need further focus from January! House Supper also allows us all time to reflect and to be thankful for the community we share. This included goodbyes to two members of Highfield who have been with us for very different periods of time. House Supper was the perfect opportunity to celebrate Robbie Rodriguez Gallardo’s time with us. Although with us for only one term, the reaction and applause he received from his peers were fair reflection of the positive impact he has had on us. The other farewell was to Mrs Melling who, having been at Highfield since 2002, has played a direct role in the lives of many Year 8s and helped guide them towards where they are now. The next House Supper will be on the last night of the year for Year 8, but there is plenty to enjoy and celebrate before that point, starting with a well-earned break for all. Merry Christmas!
James Figgis, Head of Year 8