After everything 2020 has thrown at our pupils, it was wonderful during the last few weeks of term to be able to enjoy some Christmas cheer.

The very youngest pupils in the school were still able to perform their annual Christmas play, this time filmed within the Pre-School and sent to their parents. Their nervous exuberance shining through as they converted Humph from a grumpy camel into a happy visitor to the Bethlehem stable.

Beaming to screens across the Junior School this year was Elf TV. Broadcast directly from the headquarters of the Christmas Elf to each classroom every day for the last two weeks of term, Elf TV brought the whole of the Junior School together with challenges, laughter and good old Christmas cheer. The Pre-School children and each Junior School year group also struck out on a ‘Journey to the North Pole’, via the Sports Hall! There was festive sporting to spirit to behold as they took part in a variety of gym activities with a Christmas twist.

In the Senior School Christmas was ‘saved’ with every tutor group being given a live Christmas tree to decorate and care for – the best dressed tree winners were announced on the last day of term and the trees then taken up to Hilsea Playing Fields to be planted in the Spring. Santa and his elves also visited tutor groups throughout the last week of term, the Middle School Christmas Fayre held centre stage in the Quad and Christmas hats and jumpers festooned uniforms to raise funds for the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal. The week culminated in House Carol Singing and a mini-Christmas Service in the Quad.

Of course, Christmas would not be the same without good hearty food and brass band music. With many thanks to our catering team, every year group in the school were able to celebrate in their year group bubble with a wonderful Christmas meal in the Dining Hall. Festive live brass band performances sprang up around the school site too to bring some festive cheer.

Music is at the heart of Christmas and without being able to gather in the Cathedral for the Junior School Carol Concert, or the Senior School Christmas Concert, the music departments still produced wonderful concerts for everyone to enjoy in the classroom and at home.

2020 has been a unique year and as we bid it goodbye, we wish everyone in the PGS community a merry Christmas and all the very best for 2021.