Christmas at Cobham Hall
Lots of festive events make Christmas a magical time at Cobham Hall. Beginning with decorating the huge Christmas tree outside the Gilt Hall that reaches up two floors, an honour bestowed on each new Year 7 group, 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 our sponsored student at Starehe Girls School, Kenya.
Carols by Candlelight
Following the merriment of the Round Square Christmas Fair, staff, students and family are invited to join us for our 'Carols by Candlelight'. An evening of festive songs, carols and hymns from our Choir and Chamber Choir, Benesonantes, the event takes place in the Gilt Hall. In 2018, Benesonantes recorded a Christmas CD. A behind-the-scenes preview can be seen below.
A festive fair, followed by angelic singing of carols in a stunning Gilt Hall bathed in candlelight, with a glass of mulled wine. Perhaps the perfect start to the Christmas season.
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 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 whilst staff students read the lessons. After, everyone returns to School for mulled wine and mince pies, before heading home for the holidays.