Bolton School Junior Boys

Traditions Remain at Christmas Celebration

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Though the Junior Boys’ Christmas Celebration could not take place as usual in the Boys’ Division Great Hall, packed with an attentive audience, the traditions and deeper meaning of Christmastime still remained the focus. In order to stay safe and Covid-secure, boys remained in their year group bubbles to film the readings, recitation, carols and presentations. The whole thing was spliced together to create a Christmas Celebration video for everyone to enjoy.

The performance opened in traditional style with a beautiful performance of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ by Year 6.

The programme interspersed Biblical readings from Luke and Isiah which told the story of Jesus’ birth with meaningful readings such as the poem ‘Christmas Giving’ and an excerpt from Dr Seuss’s ‘The Grinch’ which concludes: ‘Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!’ Year 3 recited the poem ‘’Twas The Night Before Christmas’ in their pyjamas, and the reading ‘You Know’ was a poignant reminder that the Christmas story should encourage everyone to ‘bring outsiders in’.

Christmas tradition were revealed by the different year groups: Year 6 spoke about the symbolism of the Advent Wreath; Year 5 presented the history of the Christmas Tree; and Year 4 talked about the tradition of the Christingle and what Christmas means to them.

Music also formed a large part of the Christmas Celebration. The Tuned Percussion group and Guitar Group both played their versions of ‘Jingle Bells’ and the Strings Group played ‘Frosty the Snowman’. The Percussion Ensemble performed ‘Christmas Fun’. Year 3 sang ‘See Him Lying on a Bed of Straw’ and Year 4 performed ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’. Year 5 sang ‘Silent Night’ in German, French and English and the Chamber Choir gave a stunning rendition of the ‘Carol of the Bells’.

Headteacher Sue Faulkner offered a prayer before Year 6 brought the production to a close with the rousing carol ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ with the first verse sung in Latin. The final message on screen wished all those watching a happy and peaceful Christmas from all at Park Road.

Watch the Junior Boys' Christmas Celebration here or via the play button below:


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