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Comical Cameos in Year 10 Christmas Post

Friday, 12 December 2014

There was a great sense of anticipation as pupils gathered in the Girls’ Division Great Hall for the Year 10 Christmas Post assembly. The annual event pits the six Year 10 forms against one another in a fundraising competition to see who can raise the most money for the chosen charity, which this year is Contact the Elderly.

As part of the Christmas Post, the Year 10 girls become the School’s postmistresses: Girls’ Division pupils are able to post Christmas cards to their friends and teachers for a small fee, and these are then delivered by the Year 10s. They can sometimes even include ‘singing Christmas Carol telegrams’ for an extra cost! The Year 10s also hold cake and sweet sales during break and lunch times to boost their fundraising efforts.

The assembly is each form’s one chance to entertain, impress – and most importantly to encourage the rest of the school to visit their stall!

Each form in turn took to the stage with a short skit that blended the traditional Christmas characters of Father Christmas, Mrs Claus, elves and reindeer with more contemporary additions in form of cameos from a wide variety of celebrities, singers and fictional characters.

From sending up The Only Way Is Essex star Gemma Collins and her early exit from the jungle on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! to parodying Disney’s Frozen with renditions of ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman’ and ‘Let It Go’ from Anna and Elsa, the references came thick and fast, and the Great Hall was filled with uproarious laughter. There was even a visit from the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck, which ‘drove’ along the hall’s centre aisle ablaze with glittering lights!

Each Year 10 form had devised a different problem, which could only be overcome by posting cards at their postbox. From helping to sort out the Christmas card deliveries for a very busy Father Christmas, to funding the purchase of a new reindeer for Mrs Claus, to helping Alan Sugar interview candidates to spend Christmas with an elderly lady, to putting together the bail money to free Santa Claus from prison, there were some very creative and compelling arguments for posting with each of the different forms!

All of the money raised through the Christmas Post will be donated to Contact the Elderly, a charity which organises monthly tea parties for over-75s who live alone and have little or no support from friends and family.

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Father Christmas refuses to build a snowman, despite Anna and Elsa

Father Christmas refuses to build a snowman, despite Anna and Elsa's best efforts

Several girls managed hilarious Gemma Collins impressions

Several girls managed hilarious Gemma Collins impressions

Girls flocked to post cards and buy treats at the Year 10 form rooms

Girls flocked to post cards and buy treats at the Year 10 form rooms