Christmas Tears and Laughter

A festive themed blog from our community-minded senior students:

This week, members of the school choir from years 10-13 went on the annual Christmas choir-in-the-community trip, spreading Christmas cheer across the Fylde coast. Our first stop was Trinity Hospice. Driven in our minibuses by Santa Claus, we arrived and gathered in the chapel. The patients loved seeing us dressed up with our Christmas jumpers and hats!

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Last year, a group of us in the Sixth Form set up a social enterprise, In The Mix, for the Tycoon in Schools competition. Through selling our brownie jars, gingerbread jars and hot chocolate reindeers, we managed to raise £1600 for Trinity Hospice. It was an incredibly special moment presenting our cheque, as the faces of everyone lit up. Trinity is a charity that is close to all our hearts; it was an achievement that we are all extremely proud of and we are so grateful to all the people that supported our business and made it possible.

Patients, volunteers and family members all came to hear our festive music. We sang a number of different carols including the ‘Candlelight Carol’ and ‘Away in a Manger’. Sam and Ben performed ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ which the audience loved, and Isobel did a beautiful version of ‘White Christmas’. We got everyone singing ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ and even dancing to ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ (one of the choir’s favourites, even after singing it 4 times in one day!).  It was a very humbling and emotional experience for all of us. Some of the choir were able to go on a tour of the hospice which I know was an amazing opportunity and chatting to some members of the audience afterwards was a great privilege. One man in particular really enjoyed our smiles and merry spirit. It made me realise the magic that music brings, just a few songs can bring both tears and laughter. Being a part of that music, knowing you are putting a smile on somebody’s face is such a special experience and the reason we all love this annual trip.

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Our next stop was Highfield Day Centre. A large number of adults and teenagers were excited to hear us sing. We sang our festive mix along with Florence performing ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’. They particularly loved seeing Father Christmas! One of the girls we remember each year and look forward to seeing is Sammy Jo, a girl that plays the piano amazingly despite being blind. She is an inspiration to us all and we loved singing along to the carols that she wanted to play.

Lunch time!  A quick dash back to school in time for a delicious Christmas lunch. Refreshed and raring to go again, we set off to the Grand Hotel to perform for the Ladies Luncheon Club. The junior school were delighted to see Santa Claus driving down the drive during their lunchtime play outside! The Ladies were very welcoming and we enjoyed getting them on their feet for the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’.

Last stop: Fosbrooke House. We all love this home as we always receive such a warm welcome and snacks! It was great to see the residents singing along –  one favourite in particular was ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to the residents; they have many funny and interesting stories to tell.

What a great and busy day!  Also, not to forget the 5 times we sang Happy Birthday to Hannah, making her 18th birthday super special!