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From toasted marshmallows, to sustainable Christmas crafting, to carol singing and performing a competitive interform rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas, the festive season has arrived at Highgate School!

On Tuesday 1 September, and Tuesday 8 September, Year 7 and Year 8 respectively, will each have a day ‘off’ from lessons, to focus on (and enjoy of course!) an enriching schedule of co-curricular festive activities!

Covid may have spoiled several occasions over the course of 2020, but it certainly hasn’t crushed the spirit of community here at School.

In careful social distanced bubbles, pupils, with masks on if inside, took part in the innovative treat of a time-table designed to imbibe creativity and lift everybody’s mood as we lead up to the end of Michaelmas term.

Head of Co-Curricular and Pupil Engagement in the Lower School, Mr Jack Kenmir, who helped plan the programme of merry events, commented:

A wise elf once said, ‘the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear’. At the end of a term like no other, it felt appropriate that the Lower School pupils should have a day when they participated in some enjoyable co-curricular activities, and forgot, even if just for a moment, the day to day worries of the last few months.

Christmas is traditionally a time of togetherness, and doing good deeds for those both near and far. These enriching co-curricular activities were designed to help make sure pupils still got to enjoy that sense of community and festive cheer.”

Activities ranged from creating Christmas adverts, to interform netball and football matches, to singing carols around the bonfire with hot chocolate and mince pies!

In addition to the Lower School co-curricular days, our Year 9 pupils have been painting beautiful postcards for nearby residents who might be feeling lonely and like to receive some hand made artwork and words of kindness this Christmas.