Lots of festive events make Christmas a magical time at Cobham.
Beginning with decorating the huge Christmas tree that reaches up two floors in Main Hall, there are also decorations to put up in the Boarding Houses, Christmas parties to plan (and attend) and usually a Secret Santa to look forward to…all before the holidays have even begun!
These are the major events at Christmas:
The Round Square Christmas Fair
Each year every tutor group plans a stall for the Christmas Fair. Over the years these have involved face painting, a Tombola, playing “Pin the Ear on the Elf”, selling all sorts of edible delights or enticing people to guess which baby picture is their Spanish teacher. A Chocolate Fountain also usually makes a popular appearance!
Always well attended by friends and family as well as the girls and teachers, all the money raised at the Fair goes towards Round Square charities picked by girls at the start of each year. It is usually noisy, busy and lots of fun.
Christmas Dinner and Staff Entertainment
The sumptuous Christmas Dinner is an excellent excuse to dress up. Students line the Stone Staircase outside the Dining Room to cheer the staff as they parade in to the Gilt Hall and other dining rooms for the meal. Girls and staff sit together and enjoy a traditional British Christmas Dinner with turkey, crackers and Christmas Pudding. It is a cheerful and joyous time – the hard work for the term is over and girls at last have the chance to relax and see out the term in a fitting style. The meal ends with a rousing round of applause for the chefs and all the kitchen staff who have fed everyone so well throughout the year.
After Christmas Dinner comes an event that is slightly terrifying for staff and hugely entertaining for girls. Staff Entertainment is the one occasion in the year when students sit back and allow their teachers and housemistresses, along with all the rest of the staff from maintenance to administrative staff, to put on the show. From nonsense Christmas songs composed by the Head of Music to an impersonation of a boy band – suddenly their Music teacher has produced their favourite hit and their Housemistress has become a cult hero worth quoting (again and again and again). Girls get an insight into an entirely different side of those who look after them and teach them and normally seem so serious!
The Carol Service at the 13th century St Mary Magdalene Church in Cobham village is the last event of the term. The service of lessons and carols takes place in the church with students, staff, family and friends. The school choir leads the singing and it represents a very different kind of celebration to the madness and laughter of the previous evening. After mulled wine and mince pies back at school, everyone heads home for the holidays.