St Peter's 13-18
Christmas celebrations are in full swing at St Peter's School and it has been wonderful to see children from 2-18 enjoying the festivities.
Children across the school have been wearing Christmas jumpers to celebrate the last week of term and we have seen some excellent jumper designs and even festive face masks! The catering team have been busy too, serving 1,450 Christmas dinners to our hungry day and boarding pupils as we approach the Christmas holidays.
Each section of the school has celebrated Christmas in their own special way and we've selected our highlights from across the School. You can read more on our news pages.
St Peter's 2-8
Children at St Peter's 2-8 have enjoyed a range of events and activities this term, from festive crafts to virtual performances for parents to enjoy at home.
All pupils have designed their own baubles to decorate the Christmas Trees in School. Each bauble contains an individual wish, from travelling to the North Pole to being able to see family and friends at Christmas. St Peter's 2-8 also held a special Christmas Craft Day on Thursday 10 December and pupils have been making Christmas decorations and cards to take home in lessons and even in Forest School.
The pupils have been spreading Christmas cheer by recording carols for residents of Ebor Care Home in Poppleton, whilst 235 children from St Peter's 2-8 took part in five Christmas performances during the last two weeks of term. The performances were live-streamed for family and friends to watch from home, using a special streaming service.
You can also follow the Advent countdown on the St Peter's 2-8 Facebook page, with a different video each day to make you smile.
Mr Hardy, Head of St Peter's 2-8, said: "Christmas has most definitely arrived at St Peter’s 2-8. It is so important that the children can feel the magic and wonder of Christmas at school."
St Peter's 8-13
The joy of Christmas can certainly be felt throughout the school at St Peter's 8-13, as pupils engage in festive activities to mark the end of term.
The creative pupils at St Peter's 8-13 have fully embraced the Christmas spirit. A merry assortment of clay robins have been made by pupils in their art classes whilst a special Christmas post box has been set up by the Year 8 Heads of House so that pupils can safely send Christmas cards to their friends.
The pupils have been showcasing their talents with a special Ensembles Virtualosity Concert featuring 107 pupils and the Year 8 end-of-term performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of the national Shakespeare Schools Festival. Both performances were recorded for family and friends to enjoy virtually from the comfort of their own homes.
St Peter’s 8-13 have also been supporting the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal by encouraging pupils to donate a new toy or money to the charity. Over 390 toys were donated during the Christmas term and the gifts have now been passed onto the local Salvation Army branch in York.
To mark the end of term, the teachers from St Peter’s 8-13 serenaded the children and parents as they arrived at school on Friday 11 December, singing carols outside on the pavement to raise funds for local homeless charity Carecent.
Mr Andy Falconer, Head of St Peter’s 8-13, said: “It has been wonderful to see the way in which the staff have done all they can to ensure that the children can enjoy all of the Christmas spirit, whilst also encouraging them to help those that are less fortunate than themselves.”
St Peter's 13-18
It has been another busy Christmas term for pupils at 13-18 and it has been fabulous to see many of the usual activities taking place, albeit in year group bubbles.
The senior Boarding House dinners were held in the penultimate week of term, giving pupils the opportunity to dress up and enjoy a delicious evening meal.
In the last week of term, the Upper Sixth Chapel Choir were able to sing Evensong at York Minster and we have also hosted our annual Christmas Concert and the Upper Sixth Drama performance, both of which were broadcast virtually this year.
In the Makerspace, pupils enjoyed creating laser-cut Christmas decorations to take home whilst the Eco Club have developed a handy guide for the waste-conscious to help people have a greener Christmas.
Our enterprising pupils have also been busy. The Young Enterprise group have created the 'Caring Through Cooking' cookbook just in time for Christmas and they will be singing at local care homes in the days leading up to Christmas. Unfortunately the Community Action group were not able to host their usual community Christmas dinners but they have organised a T-shirt competition instead, and pupils are being encouraged to design their T-shirts over the Christmas holidays.
Finally, St Peter's 13-18 have teamed up with HOPING Street Kitchen York this Christmas to help homeless people living in the York area. Pupils and staff joined together to create gift bags of small and useful items, which will be distributed by HOPING Street Kitchen.
Mr Jeremy Walker, Head Master of St Peter’s School, said: “The run up to Christmas feels even more special than usual this year and pupils, staff and parents at St Peter’s have been treated to the most wonderful array of events. With so much creativity and new ways of harnessing technology, the various events have reached an even greater audience than ever and I am full of gratitude and pride for all involved.”