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Pop Culture Comedy for Christmas Post

Friday, 11 December 2015

The annual Year 10 Christmas Post assembly is certainly one of the pupils’ highlights of the festive season, and this year was no disappointment. Each of the five Year 10 forms put together a Christmas-themed sketch packed full of comedy, music clips, and references to celebrities, TV and film, hoping to encourage the rest of the School to post Christmas cards at their stall.

In addition to welcoming many different versions of Santa Claus, his reindeer and the elves to the stage, the audience was treated to special appearances from Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and even the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith. The girls also referenced films and music: a couple of forms used the opening to Adele’s new hit ‘Hello’ when making phone calls; they called for help from characters as diverse as the snowman Olaf from Frozen and Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect; and one group had the Reindeers replace the Wildcats with a rendition of ‘Get Your Head in the Game’ from High School Musical. There were also some creative re-enactments of viral YouTube videos.

As well as seeking aid from famous and fictional characters, Year 10 also appealed to their fellow Bolton School pupils to solve the problems set up by their sketches. Whether it was paying to get the framed reindeer Rudolph released from prison, fixing the broken sleigh, or replacing stolen Christmas presents, Year 10 assured the audience that posting with their form would save Christmas just in time.

Until the end of term, Year 10 will set up postboxes at their form rooms which pupils can use to deliver their Christmas cards for a small fee. There will also be stalls selling sweets and treats at break and lunchtime to raise additional money for charity.

The funds raised by the Christmas Post will this year be donated to the Willink Biochemical Genetics Unit in Manchester, which is the main centre in the North West for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with paediatric inherited metabolic disorders.

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Year 10 put on a show to encourage pupils to post Christmas cards for charity

Year 10 put on a show to encourage pupils to post Christmas cards for charity

Thieves stole the Christmas presents in one sketch

Thieves stole the Christmas presents in one sketch

Hilarious antics on the stage

Hilarious antics on the stage