Christmas is Coming
As Christmas draws nearer, pupils at this Lancashire school celebrate in style whilst looking forward to the exciting challenges of 2020
After a memorable year of celebrations for its 175th anniversary, some outstanding exam results and the opening of a brand new £4 million sports centre by England Lioness Millie Bright, Rossall School in Fleetwood is now looking forward to the festive period.
As you would expect from a school which prides itself on its supportive, family-like environment, all the pupils are given plenty of opportunities to get involved in festive events and enjoy some fun in the run up to Christmas.
Rossall is one of the country’s leading independent schools, where boys and girls from two to eighteen enjoy unrivalled facilities on a stunning campus whose architecture reflects the school’s rich heritage. A recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report rated the quality of pupils’ personal development as excellent and commented on the real sense of belonging and camaraderie between pupils.
This sense of community really comes to the fore at this time of year, when several campus Christmas trees are decorated and fairy lights are lit. At the junior school switch-on, pupils take it in turns to hang their own handmade baubles on the giant tree after singing Christmas carols.
Juniors and infants love taking part in the Elf Run, a fancy-dress fundraising dash which generates money for Brian House children’s hospice. Children pay just £1 to wear either an elf hat or reindeer antlers and red nose then set off on a fun run within the school grounds, led by staff dressed in elf costumes.
One of the highlights of the term is the family carol service when the school invites families and friends from the local area to join them in the chapel for a wonderful concert led by the school choir. Afterwards, refreshments are served in the dining hall, including mulled wine and mince pies. This free event takes place on Sunday 8th December and you can book your space on the events page of the school website.
Following the Christmas break, pupils return in January full of excitement for the year ahead. “There’s always a real buzz around campus at the start of a new calendar year,” says Nancy Fielden, the school’s marketing manager.
“There are challenges ahead but, with spring on its way, there are more opportunities to spend time outdoors enjoying our amazing sports facilities as well as the beach, which we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.”
Challenges include trial exams for pupils sitting GCSEs, A levels and the International Baccalaureate. Results this year were extremely impressive, with a dramatic surge in the number of pupils passing with the top grades, so there’s a lot to live up to.
Says Nancy: “With the right mix of academic study and extra-curricular activities, all our pupils are encouraged to reach their full potential whilst getting the very most from this exciting and dynamic school community.”
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