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Junior Girls Rock the Nativity Story

Thursday, 03 December 2009

Bolton School Junior Girls got into the spirit of Christmas as they performed a rocking musical version of the nativity story 'Hosanna Rock' to a packed audience of parents.

The girls produced a lively adaptation of the 'Hosanna Rock' musical, a popular nativity written by Sheila Wilson which conveys the true meaning of Christmas and tells the nativity story through contemporary song, hand-jives, dance and percussion.

Head of Girls' Division, Mrs Gill Richards, began by welcoming everyone to the girls' Great Hall, before the production began with a rendition of the catchy theme  tune 'Hosanna Rock'. Highlights included the magical sounds from the Flute Choir and Percussion Group, readings of short poems, and an enchanting angel dance around the congregation to a violin solo of 'Glory to God' performed by Isobel Howard. Year 3 and 4 pupils also sang 'Glory to God' in Spanish and Year 5 and 6 pupils performed the same in French. The hall went quiet for the arrival of 'Herod's Henchmen' who stomped in, dressed in a stereotypical 'baddie' uniform of big boots and leather jackets, before performing the 'Herod's Henchmen Rap'!

Towards the end of the show, pupils performed 'You are My Brother' a moving multicultural anthem, while waving flags from different counties, to symbolise the togetherness and peace that Christmas should bring. The audience joined in for the final song of the performance, the traditional 'Ding Dong Merrily on High'.

Head of Junior Girls' School, Mrs Ruth Brierley, closed the performance by thanking staff for giving all their focus, energy and selfless determination to making the production the best it could be, and likened what the pupils achieved with their performance to the song 'Something Extra Special' which features in the musical.

A collection was held at the end of the production in aid of the School's sponsored child in Niger, Barietou Arouba, part of the World Vision programme.

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