We were delighted to welcome pupils, their families and their friends to the Christmas Fayre on Tuesday 10th December which had such a diverse range of stalls with local crafts, delicious treats and homemade gifts. What an impressive selection! Our pupils certainly worked hard on the planning and organisation of this lovely community event.
Our Carol Services also brought together many members of the school community, both current and former, these being held at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Mumbles, on Wednesday 11th December and at St. Joseph's Cathedral on Monday 16th December. Our exceptional choir worked hard to prepare for these beautiful and reflective services which are always a highlight of the term. Father Victor welcomed us to the parish of Mumbles on behalf of Father Michael Akpoghiran, and our pupils received a warm welcome also from parishioners. We were delighted that Bishop Emeritus Tom Burns was able to join us for the Carol Service at the Cathedral. With him having attended so very many of these over the years, it simply would not have been the same without him, or without his final blessing at the conclusion of these services sending us out from the Cathedral, into the cold December evening, with a sense of the hope of Advent and the coming peace of Christmas.
The term concluded with numerous charity activities including the talent show, which raises funds for a range of charity groups, and with a much-anticipated staff pantomime, at which our staff entertained the pupils with a most amusing performance of ‘Cinderella.’ I have no doubt that it will live long in the pupils’ memories!
At the end of each year, we often find ourselves wishing well to those teachers embarking on new ventures, and this year these include Mr Thomas, one of our Art teachers, whose legacy remains in the school in the shape of the beautiful murals that he has created, and also Mr J Davies, Acting Deputy Head for Curriculum, who takes up a secondment post for the next two terms. They carry with them the best wishes of all in the school community.
Having commenced our Christmas holiday, we congratulate all of our pupils on their many and varied achievements throughout the past term, we wish them well for the forthcoming January examinations, and above all, we wish all within our community a happy and Holy Christmas, and every blessing in the New Year.