Hemel Hempstead pupils are ‘Simply Having a Wonderful (virtual) Christmas Time’

Pupils at a school in Hemel Hempstead have been getting into the festive spirit by adapting their Christmas traditions to follow the Government guidelines.

Thursday, 17th December 2020, 9:05 am
Updated Thursday, 17th December 2020, 9:06 am

Children at Lockers Park School are usually performing a series of festive events in front of packed crowds including the Pre-Prep Nativity, the Junior Play and the Christmas Carol Service in the school’s chapel.

This year, staff were determined to pull out all the stops to ensure these magical performances continued, bringing everything together virtually to protect the health and wellbeing of the school community.

The adapted highlights feature a Virtual Carol Service that includes a poignant rendition of Once in Royal David’s City given by Year 7 and 8 pupils - view the introductory solo sung by Year 8 pupil Sam Eynon here.

Pupils enjoying their Christingle Service with Headmaster Chris Wilson

There was also readings performed by pupils, some hearty Christmas carol singing from the rest of the school and staff plus a guest appearance from the Reverend Michael Macey of St John’s Church in Boxmoor.

Pupils have also enjoyed Christingle Services in their bubbles and a Pre-Prep Nativity set across a series of locations in the school, all of which have been filmed and sent out to parents.

Lockers Park’s Headmaster, Chris Wilson said: “With COVID-19 changing our usual full-to-the-brim events schedule this year, including performing at Berkhamsted’s wonderful Festival of Light, we simply couldn’t let pupils miss out on the many celebrations that ordinarily take place.

"Christmas is all about creating magical memories for children (and us grown-ups) and we believe we’ve done this in a safe, COVID-friendly way for all to enjoy.”

Sam Eynon (Year 8) performing Once in Royal David’s City and Year 3 Pupils