Christmas festivities at Penryn College15 December 2017
Evening Christmas Concert
The Creative Arts Department have been hard at work this week at Penryn College, coordinating the annual Evening Christmas Concert and Community party. Tuesday evening saw the school hall packed to capacity with students, parents, staff and governors, all eager to watch the Christmas concert. This festive concert is always magical in itself, and this year was no exception. Compering the evening were Head Boy & Girl, Gabe Gentile and Lauren Rowe, along with Senior Prefects, James, Vera and Charlie.
With the vast array of musical talents on show it was easy to see why this is such a popular event. This year, the audience were treated to individual performances from the Brass, Flute, Guitar and String Ensembles along with the different choirs and the talents of the Jazz and lively Samba bands.
Soloist, Eloise Beattie, opened the concert singing the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. Open words were delivered by Mr Walker, Headteacher, highlighted the important of Christmas ‘The giving and receiving of presents is fun but what really matters too many is the gift of time. So spend time with your loved ones and make time for yourself over the festive season’. Instrumental pieces followed with the String Ensemble playing ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by the guitarists. Highlights of the evening included the staff performance of ‘First Noel’ and the Penryn College Saracen Male Voice Choir singing ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Fairytale in New York’. Beautiful vocals from the Senior Singers bought the evening to an end. Mrs Oliver, Assistant Headteacher, gave the final thanks and Mr Walker paid a special tribute to Mr John Evans, husband of Mrs Hunter, who was a great supporter of Penryn College who is sadly missed by all who knew him. Afterwards Governor, Mark Parsons, said “As always an impressive and professional evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended”.
The student’s enthusiasm and passion for performing were clearly on show throughout the concert. The school community then celebrated with refreshments. A retiring collection was made for the school’s chosen charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital.
George as part of the Brass Ensemble
Year 7 singers – Fox and Sam
Christmas Party for the local community
Over 80 guests, consisting of members from the local community and grandparents came to the Christmas Party. The tables were set with food, festive decorations and Christmas treats. Bags filled with goodies were under the tree and the raffle table had some lovely prizes. The audience were treated to an array of musical talents including the various bands and singing groups. Audience participation was also encouraged with song books on the tables ensuring everyone knew the words!!! The Prefect team were on hand to pour hot drinks and hand out the gift bags containing food treats.
Top left – Gift under the tree for the Christmas Party Guests
Top right – Musician, Louis, with proud Mum and Nan
Bottom left – Mary May and friends enjoying the party
Bottom right – Dylan, Sam, Ollie, Jacob and James ready to serve the party food
ARB Open Afternoon
What better way to end the term than with a party in the ARB which included a Cahoot quiz. A lovely selection of readings started the afternoon with a selection of homemade goodies offered at during the interval. The highlight of the afternoon was the Christmas Special Cahoot Quiz. Quizmasters, Mr Reade and Mrs Williams, could not keep up with the speed at which the questions were answered.
Elicia and Miss Lines waiting for the next quiz question
Mr Walker said “It was fantastic to see so many parents being able to come along and support the students at this special time’
Penryn College would like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas break. School finishes today. We look forward to welcoming the pupils back for the start of the new term on 4 January 2018.
Have a wonderful break.