So the Christmas spirit has finally arrived at Sexey’s this week and it certainly feels likes Christmas now, with the Main Hall decorated to the rafters, the Christmas tree looking splendid and carols playing in school. After all it is December and all we need now is some snow…Father Christmas made a timely appearance at Sexey's this week at the traditional Senior Citizens' Christmas Party - it was a splendid occasion and it was a real pleasure to meet so many friends of the School - Old Sexeians who fondly remembered their time here; residents of Sexey's Hospital and those who served the School. Hearing the old stories over a cup of tea and a mince pie was inspiring and I look forward to welcoming back our friends next year. Our 6th formers were outstanding in looking after our guests and were in fine voice when we sang carols together along with the Choir and the Wind Band. The festive season is well and truly here! The Christmas Concert that very evening saw fine performances by the Wind Band, the newly formed Folk Band and some individual performances, namely Carmen Reynolds who belted out Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’ and Rosie Carroll's stunning rendition of A Great Big World’s ‘Say Something’. We were also given a taster of next year's Drama musical production; ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ which looks very entertaining indeed – and the evening was compered by the genius that is Will ‘Harry Potter’ Annetts-Burke. Book your tickets now.
We have just been treated to an absolutely sumptuous Christmas Lunch by Mr Matt Briatore and his team in the KDR which was preceded by another Sexey's Christmas tradition - the Annual House Cross Country. The school was awash with students (and a number of colleagues) in their colourful kit and fancy dress running for their Houses and our school partner charity, Macmillan – from the Wizard of Oz team, Jon Poole running as Elsa from Disney’s Frozen to Harriet Perkins and the Head of School, Annabel Buckland riding the cross country on ‘horses’! Thankfully the weather was kind to us today (though it was perishing) but the atmosphere was very warm (as was the hot chocolate) and at times, electric. The camaraderie and support shown by the students for each other, and for colleagues was truly humbling - the Year 7and 8s singing the School Song set the tone for the morning. Again, it never ceases to amaze me the sheer talent that is in such abundance here and the fervent pride the students have for their Houses (house hockey and rugby matches have also been fiercely contested this week), let alone their School. I am sure this passion will continue long into the weekend, when we play our Saturday block fixture – hockey and rugby- against Warminster School. Come along and see for yourself. We are very privileged to be part of this spirited and warm community.