If, like me, you enjoyed watching for the first time this year the John Lewis Christmas advert you may also, like me, have seen in it a message that is way beyond retail and quite in tune (pardon the pun) with the true meaning of Christmas. Giving.
Giving life, love, care and opportunity are things that bring you as parents and us as teachers together.
Just as this school was, in its foundation a gift to the pupils, teachers and governors from Father Tooth, its founder, so all families here are united by the giving of that gift of education to their children.
Music and music-making are gifts that we share over and over again at St Michael’s and what inspires a child to learn is seeing someone else playing and being moved by that. Through collaborative, ensemble singing and playing, harmonising, rehearsing and performing, friendships are made, understanding is built and pleasure is given to performers and audience alike.
I was moved in that advert to see the encouraging look mum gave Elton in the school concert and how much her being there clearly meant to him. We have a whole month of amazing performances here to look forward to and there will be the chance to shed a tear for our own children’s triumphs and those of others.
When I am asked what I want for Christmas, I always say “music”. I often say “being together” and those two things happen at St Michael’s in abundance.
On a day when our focus has been on raising money for Children in Need perhaps the extent of the issues children face around Britain has come into sharper relief. Life ain’t fair and we must play our part in sharing what we have with those who don’t. For it is in giving that we receive.
I’m delighted to report that we have raised a school total of £961.18, with £284.13 from Pre-Prep and £677.05 from Prep.