At the end of this most unique year, Christmas celebrations at Framlingham College were particularly jubilant as teachers, pupils and staff members went all-out to fill the College with festive cheer. Take a look at the images and stories below of just some of the individual festive activities which took place for students before the end of the term.
This week, at the Senior School, the halls were alive with the sound of Christmas music as groups of pupils and staff dressed up in festive costumes and went door to door singing carols and offering out chocolates for pupils and staff.
Body Shop Party
Every Christmas, Moreau House holds an extremely popular Body Shop party, whereby a rep from The Body Shop comes in and talks the pupils through the beauty and skin care products. This year, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the girls had to run the party themselves.
The rep sent in two plentiful boxes of lucky dip Body Shop prizes which went down very well with the students. The rep also sent in samples to look at, brochures and order forms.
Housemistress, Mrs Myers-Allen, said: “This year it was brilliant as the girls were able to shop for Secret Santa presents and Christmas presents and of course products for themselves during lockdown. Depending on how much the girls spend, we then get host rewards which are products at massive discount. Each year we like to use some for this raffle to raise money for charity. We also keep some to use for pass the parcel prizes for our Christmas party.”
The much-altered socially distanced Body Shop evening gave the pupils of Moreau a much-deserved evening of festive celebrations.
This year’s Pre-Prep Nativity Play also took place this week under special circumstances, given the situation. Pupils performed Whoops-a-Daisy Angel, a musical in the Rowley Hall without a physical audience. However, in order to give parents and relatives the chance to watch their children act out the famous tale, the entire performance was live-streamed online. This meant that those who would otherwise be unable to attend because of the distance, were able to watch from home. The performance was viewed all over the world, including by one proud father who is currently over in South Africa.
Prep and Senior School Carol Concerts
This year’s Candy Cane scheme was the most successful ever as the Charity Committee sold out all 700 of the festive sweets they bought for the occasion. Each year, pupils can purchase a gift tag and write a message on it for a few pounds. The Charity Committee then take the tag and attach it to a candy cane before handing them out to recipients at the Christmas Lunch on the last day of term. This year the charity committee adapted well to restrictions by using a card machine to accept pupils’ payments. All proceeds from the scheme are to be donated to the care and social support charity for young people, Become.
At the Senior and the Prep Schools, Christmas trees have been put up and decorated to bring Christmas cheer to pupils, staff and visitors as soon as they walk through the door. The Albert Yew at the front of the Senior school has also been flood-lit and makes quite a spectacle when the sun goes down, which takes place as early as 3.30 at this time of the year.
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A round up of as many of the hundreds of festive celebrations taking place across the Senior and Prep Schools for this unique Christmas period as we can fit into one page!
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