Borden Grammar School held its traditional Christmas Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church, Sittingbourne on Monday 18th December. A packed church sung festive carols, listened to traditional Bible readings and were also given refreshments of mince pies and hot drinks! Students took the lead during the evening, for example all students gave the readings, made up the band and also the Barbershop choir.
Miss Phillips, music teacher at Borden Grammar School, brought her zest and enthusiasm to the music on the evening. As always, preparations began well before Christmas and the drive and commitment shown by all musicians – whether it was playing, performing a solo or singing was inspiring. In addition, Mrs Stanley, English and Drama teacher, brought her pragmatic flair to the evening creating and directing a comic skit that allowed all the students in the piece to show off their comic talents as well as a thoughtful moment on the meaning of Christmas.
Once more, internationally renowned opera singer Laure Meloy took time off from her busy schedule, only last month she was performing in New York, to perform Lute-Book Lullaby a Christmas anthem with an evocative soprano solo.
Rev Mike Resch gave a short message during the Service during which he emphasised the role of community and how the church can be part of that. There was also a collection for the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’ a charity that Borden Grammar School has supported this year; including the Sixth Form ‘Rag Week’.
Year 8 students and staff from Borden Grammar School in Sittingbourne reproduced the story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ for this year’s Christmas production.
Mr Holley, Teacher of Drama was asked, last year, to take over the panto from Mr Robbins, who has been directing them for many years. He said “my mind immediately went to turning ‘A Christmas Carol’ into a full blown panto. However, as I began to write the play adaptation, I realised that the message of the story needed to be done in a more serious way if it was to hold its power. There are, of course, some terrible jokes in our version, designed to create groans rather than laughs, as well as one too many river based puns”.
‘A Christmas Carol’ is one of the most famous stories about the redemptive power of Christmas; even on a clutching, covetous old sinner like Ebenezer Scrooge. It tells the story of an unscrupulous money lender, who learns from three visiting spirits, as well as his deceased former partner, the error of his ways and the importance of living a good life.
The production ran for two nights and was attended by many families with many pleasing comments also being left on the school Facebook site such as “It was excellent! Thanks so much for a very entertaining evening”.
Photograph (from left to right) pictures Mr Robbins and Red Beswick playing Scrooge.
Spooky stories and ghoulish tales were to be found in the school library at Borden Grammar School in celebration of Halloween. Year 7 boys had great fun at lunchtime, completing book quizzes and daring to put their hands into the box to retrieve their prizes. Tricks and treats were to be found there – hairy rats, skeletons, ghoulish spectacles and eyeballs! From left to right students Jude Frost, Joseph Stone and Riley Carroll look at some of the spooky books.
A-Level Spanish students from Borden Grammar School immersed themselves in Spanish culture during a five day residential visit to the Spanish capital Madrid. As well as brushing up on their spoken Spanish students were able to visit some of the city’s finest attractions, such as the Royal Palace and the ‘Ventas’ Bull ring. Pupils were also fortunate enough to be shown around the Congress of Deputies building (Spanish Parliament) and even get a photo opportunity inside the chamber.
The Scholastic Book Fair came to Borden last week and was enthusiastically welcomed by the students. Lots of books were sold, with all profits going towards buying new books for the school library. Mrs Brown, School Librarian, who organised the event said “It’s a delight to see the student’s enthusiasm looking at the books”.