Headmaster's Newsletter Friday 14th december 2018
The end of the Michaelmas term with its Christmas festivities never fails to move me. And surely today’s Carol Service must count as one of the highlights. The boys’ engaging rendering of their carols, from Pre-Prep right up to Year 8, the enthusiastic congregational singing, and the wide range of instrumental playing supported some articulate narration of the Christmas story through the traditional bible readings and a thought-provoking William Carlos Williams poem, Burning the Christmas Greens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMEFZ9J8bc4. My thanks to all who supported the service and to my colleagues who prepared the music and musicians and the readers so superbly. In her address, the Chaplain reminded us that whilst we can rather wonderfully enjoy seeing our children’s delight in Christmas and all it brings, this is not always an easy time of year for some. And in this way, I have been impressed by the boys’ evident thoughtfulness towards others which has very much come through in their engagement with various of our Christmas-themed assemblies over the past week. Whilst rightly fizzing with excitement about their own celebrations, they are also most generous-spirited. And equally, in the same way, my thanks to NCS families for your generosity in contributing £850 to the retiring collection for Crisis to support their work with homeless people throughout the year.
Another Christmas highlight this week was Pre-Prep’s nativity play The Christmas Robins. With much spirited acting, singing and narration they did Mrs Cox’s witty script proud and it was great to see reception class making their acting debut so joyfully. This allbodes very well for future play productions at NCS. Well done to all and my thanks to Pre-Prep colleagues for their sterling work with the cast.
My thanks to everyone who contributed to the organisation of the NCSPA Christmas Fair and to everyone who helped, brought in gifts for the stalls, and supported the event. Above all, it was hugely appreciated by the boys who always revel in the opportunity to buy gifts for their friends and family independently, but in a benign environment. I think there was also considerable enjoyment of the sideshows: I didn’t try my hand at biting the doughnut, but there was clearly much fun to had there and elsewhere.
Not only have the choristers shown their utter professionalism at a number of Carol Services in Oxford over the last couple of weeks, but they have also sung at St George’s Hanover Square this week and will be on In Tune on Radio 3 this evening, trailing their concert at St John’s Smith Square on Monday. And do enjoy their seasonal offering of ‘Away in a Manger’ by clicking on the link below. Well done on being such excellent ambassadors for school and college. https://twitter.com/NewCollegeChoir/status/1069982901884862472