Kings Brighton host mini Christmas Carnival!
Christmas is an important time of the year in the UK and it is an important part of British culture. Brighton is a wonderful place to be at this time of year. Just walking through the city can be mesmerizing. There are decorations all over the city centre and walking through the bustling North Laines, past the Royal Pavilion to the Jubilee Clock Tower is magical and a must for every student.
In Kings Brighton, we got into the festive spirit in early December by putting up our decorations around the student zone. One of our first Christmas activities was the ever-popular Ice Skating in the Royal Pavilion. Sure, there were some trips and falls, while some students held on to the side railing for dear life, but everyone enjoyed themselves and the Pavilion was lit up beautifully to make this experience even more special. Our next event was a Christmas decorations workshop with our Craft Club. This gave our students the chance to make some decorations to put on the Christmas tree in the school or they could bring it home to put on the tree of their Homestay hosts.
Then it was time for our annual student Christmas party which was organised by our hard-working student council. We had music, food, refreshments and a secret Santa between the students. The students exchanged their gifts with excitement and wonder. The students got the chance to listen to some of the best Christmas songs and some chart-topping hits, while stuffing themselves with some holiday treats.
Our final event was our mini Christmas Carnival. This was a charity event for United World Schools. Staff and students got into the festive spirit by wearing Christmas jumpers. Then during lunch time, we had a Christmas bake sale and Christmas Karaoke. Just before Karaoke started, we had a surprise visit from the Kings Brighton Santa Claus. The story of how we managed to get Santa here is a true Christmas tale. The academic teacher who will remain nameless, let’s call him Mr B, told the student council that he would dress up as Santa Claus if the students could get 100 students to sign a petition. He was very confident they would not be able to get the signatures needed. The students thought they would need a Christmas miracle for this to happen, and as it is the time for miracles, they miraculously managed to get the 100 signatures needed, all in 1 day. A true Christmas miracle. As democracy is one of the Key British values Mr B had no other choice but to lace up his boots and get practicing his Santa Voice. At 1pm Santa arrived, with treats for the students and we all began to sing ‘We wish You a Merry Christmas’ Students and staff all gathered to share the Christmas spirit singing some other Christmas classics like ‘White Christmas’, ‘Fairytale of New York’ and we finished off with ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham. Students then made their donations for U.W.S. to Santa as it was all for a good cause at the end of the day.
We all enjoyed ourselves this Christmas at Kings and hope our students enjoyed their time here with us during 2019. All of us here in Kings Brighton would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy new year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in 2020. Stay Frosty!