I love this time of year when all the anticipation of the Yuletide season starts to simmer and bubble and we can see the children (and the staff!) starting to get excited about Christmas time.
The Heathcote Christmas tree is already taking pride of place in the front playground, lit and decorated and ready for the festivities to begin.
Over the next few weeks we have a whole host of exciting activities for the children including a whole school trip to see the pantomime, carol singing in Chelmsford, a Christmas Fayre, Christmas lunch, carols in the playground, all kicking off with the Christmas songs to the Danbury over 60s club this Thursday.
For me the highlight will be our Christmas Carol concert at Danbury Parish church this year and I do hope that many of you will be able to join us. Hopefully you will find a formal invitation for you and your family in the bottom of your child’s bag this week.
Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago though these were not Christmas carols at all. They were pagan songs sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced around stone circles. The word ‘Carol’ actually means dance or a song of praise and joy! Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived.
As a non-denominational school you may ask why we choose to hold such an event. This is not intended to be a religious service, albeit at an important time in the ChristiaIn calendar. It is an opportunity for us to come together to enjoy the music and songs of Christmas, with parents, staff, children and also members of our extended community in a building that has stood in Danbury since the 15th century.
I find carols to be very uplifting and singing them together with my little community makes for an important occasion, one that can create special memories for all of us. I know Mrs Barber has been working very hard to make that so! Following the service at the church there will be refreshments at the church hall opposite so please join us!