Life got rather hectic towards the end of last year, it seemed as though time was speeding and speeding up until we all collapsed in a total heap on Christmas Eve. So there has been no time to blog and there are lots of pictures and stories to tell. This then will not be entirely the correct order but hopefully brings it up to date.
First off Nativity plays and Christmas shows. There was a memorable afternoon when all three children did something, one after the other but in multiple locations which made the logistics a little challenging. As we rushed out of Georgia's carol service to get to Faversham in time for Raff's play to start the headteacher made a pointed comment about "people who will send their kids to different schools" - humorously-ish meant, but slightly barbed as he has always been annoyed that the boys stayed on at E/rd when it became a Primary school instead of moving them to join G. But as the amazing Christmas extravaganza by E/rd showed once again, it is quite simply the most magical, creative and unique school I have ever come across and I wouldn't have them anywhere else!
So, that memorable afternoon started with Stan's play called " A Christmas Recipe" - the Christmas story well hidden in amongst songs and dances all making up the "ingredients" for Christmas. Stan was a present!
Then we raced home for supper before G's very trad carol service with some really beautiful singing - she is particularly thrilled to now be singing the descant in 'O come all ye....' like her Granny always does. There was to be a candle lit lantern thing outside afterwards but we had to jump in the motor and whizz down to Faversham for the first ever E/rd Junior school Christmas show. Being Ethelbert road, no small measures - a performance by 8 yr olds of A Christmas Carol. Stunning of course, and Charlie Francis - the biggest boy at school in every way, played a fantastic Scrooge.
Raff was amazed and delighted to be chosen as one of the narrators and overcame not only his utter fear of the spotlight and having croup and nearly no voice (perhaps he should have been Tiny Tim) he spoke his lines clearly and with a real look of triumph as he came off the stage.
Well done you lot!