On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings English Class pupils sang and performed the traditional Christmas story at the Christmas Carol Service for appreciative audiences composed of families, friends and the general public. It was so heartening to see so many former Cygnaeus English Class pupils in the audience, too!
Four years ago a representative from the Lions Club Pori Sofia approached the teachers of the English Classes to ask if we were interested in producing a traditional Christmas Carol Service featuring the children of the English Classes and allowing the general public to sing along as well. The idea was that part of the ticket proceeds would be donated to a local charity benefiting children. Thus began what has turned out to be a very satisfying and enriching tradition.
Every year we strive to make slight changes to the programme. We try to give as many children as is possible an opportunity to play a role. Occasionally some children step outside of their own comfort zones when they volunteer for a part, but since they consider it such an honour to perform, we try to support them as best we can. It is interesting to watch them grow into their parts. In short, there is an awful lot of heart in this Christmas Carol Service.
This year, in particular, there was an enthusiasm and lightheartedness as the children rehearsed for the performances. As they worked on their artwork, crafts and the decorations, children could be heard here and there humming and singing bits of songs that had been learned. It was simply impossible to ignore the good will in the air!
On Tuesday Evening the English Class kindergarten children sang “Away in a Manger” on stage. Kindergarten pupil Eric enjoyed himself so much that he asked specifically for permission to be allowed to sing again with the first graders on Wednesday evening. In the video clip above Eric is the second on the left. <3
Two second graders alternated in playing the part of Mary. The video clip above features Sophie singing.
This sweet lullabye is sung by second graders Sophie and Benjamin.