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December 20th 2017

End of Term Festivities

Festive spirit was in full flow in the latter half of the Autumn Term, with many events to prepare and enjoy.

Christmas Carols began early on, with the Choir and Chamber Choir, Benesonantes, preparing for several occasions, including the popular Carols by Candlelight, the end of term Carol Service, and a performance at nearby Cobham College Retirement Home, where Benesonantes delighted the residents with a selection of carols before serving mince pies and tea. All three performances were spine-tingling, despite of, or perhaps because of, their differing environments - the wonderful ambience of the Gilt Hall bathed in candlelight, the stunning beauty of Aylesford Priory, and the community spirit and enjoyment felt at Cobham College.

Benesonantes were not the only group out in the community this Christmas.  A group of Year 11 girls, accompanied by Miss Lambert, took part in a food drive collection at a local supermarket to collect food for Fareshare, a charity aiming to reduce waste and redistribute food to those who are in need.  The girls collected two full trolleys in two hours. Miss Lambert said, “The girls were very enthusiastic, and the staff at Tesco commented on how well they did.”

In addition, a group of girls, led by Year 13’s Emma M packed shoeboxes as part of Operation Christmas Child.

Of course, as well as harnessing the spirit of giving at Christmas, girls found time to enjoy the fun of the season.  Georgina, Year 8 and Jena, Year 7, won our Christmas Card Competition, while Miss Caro won a life-size monkey at the Round Square Christmas Fair raffle. The School enjoyed a Christmas Jumper tag day, as well as the annual Christmas Dinner and Staff Entertainment. Boarding Houses and the Christmas Tree were decorated and  Boarders also enjoyed Secret Santa, a visit from St Nicholas and a trip to see Peter Pan.. oh, yes they did!

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