What does Christmas mean? | Portsmouth High School

What does Christmas mean?

Earlier this week I spoke to the girls about Christmas and what it meant to them and their families. We discussed the giving and receiving of gifts and the implications of this tradition. I was interested to hear that the girls were sensible in their wishes for presents and that they were conscious of others who might not be as fortunate as them this year.

As the conversation moved on I asked them to consider the people in and around their home and how the Christmas period might transpire for them. I asked if pressure is applied to parents to do things in a certain way and whether they are helpful around the home during what can be a stressful time for adults. Our girls provided me with some thoughtful answers and proved that they can empathise, even when faced by the magic of the festive break.

It has been an extremely busy week here at the junior school with a myriad of different events and activities. There have been choir recitals, a Christmas lunch with a visit from Father Christmas, the pantomime at the Groundlings Theatre, the Pre-Prep Nativity, Christmas parties, a Christmas jumper day for the Warrior house charity and involvement in the carol service at the cathedral this morning. My thanks once again go to the PSA who help to make many of these things possible.

We are now looking forward to the New Year and I would like to encourage junior parents and children to watch the school musical, Beauty and the Beast, at the senior school. The performances are on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March and the tickets will sell out quickly. Contact reception for more details.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.