Orchard House School Choir Spread Seaonsal Cheer
Children visit St Mary's Convent and Nurshing Home and sing for residents
Orchard House School’s Senior Choir (years 4 – 6) walked from the school to St Mary’s Convent.
“Walking was important because we believe in being environmentally friendly, and when possible with older children, we use public transport or our legs to reach our destination, Headmistress Sally Hobbs told ChiswickW4.com.
The children sang eight carols and songs to the residents and convent staff – some were old favourites such as O Little Town of Bethlehem and Silent Night, with the first verse in German. Ruby Rogers sang the solo in Once in Royal David’s City and the Music Captain, Lauren Griffith, introduced the concert with aplomb.
A small orchestra accompanied two of the pieces and the half hour performance concluded with a hearty rendition of 'We wish you a merry Christmas''
The children presented Sister Jennifer with two baskets of goodies for the Convent – some of the contents had been cooked by the children in Cookery Club and there was time for the children to mingle with the residents, many of whom are wheelchair-bound and to enjoy the juice and biscuits they provided before they set off back to school.
Sally Hobbs added, "For the children it is a chance to perform but also to mix with an older generation, an important part of their learning to be good citizens."
December 10, 2010