SATURDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER – This year’s Advent Fair was another successful day, with a warm atmosphere filling our beautiful new hall. Local vendors and old friends of the school laid out a delightful range of wares for fair-goers to browse and buy, and we have no doubt that some of those wonderful things will be found in stockings and under the Christmas tree next month!
Parents and students of the school came together to serve homemade sweets and savouries in a beautifully-decorated café, while hot soups and
FRIDAY, 1ST MAY – This year’s St. John’s Fire was held in a field a short walk away from the school. Having finished the school day by 11am, this midsummer celebration was a lovely way to round off the morning and a busy week.
The bonfire was built by our Class 7&8 teacher, and members of his class were chosen to carry flaming torches that were carefully placed in the heart of the pyre. Before long, tall, long, orange flames flared up
SATURDAY, 16TH MAY – After several years’ break, our Summer Fair was finally revived as a charity fundraiser for Acorn Overseas – a charity for children set up in 2010 by Graeme and Sarah’s daughter, Natasha Whiting.
For the past few years, Acorn Overseas has been largely focused on continuous fundraising efforts for the Future Light Children’s Home in Mae Sot, Northern Thailand. We have also been fortunate enough to share a connection with this orphanage through Natasha, and the proceeds
FRIDAY, 1ST MAY – This year, we were able to hold our May Day festival on May Day itself, which fell on a Friday. Despite the clouds veiling the sun from us that morning, we gathered in the playground to watch as the children took up the colourful ribbons of the waiting maypole.
Dressed in white shirts and floral dresses, and wearing beautiful garlands made of freshly-plucked wild flowers, our young ladies and gentlemen dutifully curtsied and bowed before setting off
FRIDAY, 20TH MARCH – We had a wonderful evening of music for our annual Easter Concert, with many thanks to our brilliant maestra Yael Hochenberg and the students.
The event was a perfect occasion for dressing up, and the students certainly didn’t disappoint on that count, with the young ladies looking lovely in their dresses as they stood beside dapper young gentlemen in suits and ties.
The programme for the evening included performances by Class 3 & 4, the Middle and Upper School
SATURDAY, 22 NOVEMBER 2014 – The grounds of the school were already bustling with activity within half-an-hour of our Advent Fair beginning, with parents and visitors immersed in conversations while children wove their way in and out through the milling crowd. Brightly-coloured stalls displaying a range of beautiful, handmade goods lit up the hall, and gave us all reason to return to look over them again and again.
There was no shortage of sweet and savoury treats on offer, and both children and
On Friday, 24th October, The Acorn School said goodbye for half term with its annual Michaelmas Challenges assembly – a lively gymnastics display that showcases the students’ gymnastics skills and confidence, and shows how far they have all come in the past year.
The hour-long assembly saw our eager young gymnasts, from age six all the way up to eighteen, leaping and bouncing and even somersaulting their way through various setups of the school’s gymnastics equipment. It was particularly warming to
The last Friday in September saw the Acorn community gather together in our freshly re-plastered halls to celebrate our annual Michaelmas Harvest Festival with songs and poems dedicated to Saint Michael, a symbol of strength and hope. Our families also brought in fresh fruit and vegetables in honour of harvest time, and these were arranged in the hall to form a beautiful autumnal cornucopia.
Following an assembly, where classes recited their poems and everyone joined in with singing our traditional Michaelmas songs,
Last week we had our spring concert featuring choir, orchestra and solo performances from pupils in the middle and upper school.
It was wonderful to see so many parents and friends of the community experiencing this wonderful evening and the younger children getting a feel for what they will be doing in the future.
The upper and lower school’s choral production of the Sound of Music medley was a great way to end the evening. It was a real delight to see
We would like to pay tribute to the three students of the upper school who directed and performed ‘The Bear’ by Anton Chekhov in the school hall. This production was organised and directed, with no input from any teachers, by a class 11 student and featured two class 9 students in the main roles. Those who were fortunate enough to see this performance will agree that it was a spectacular show of drama and was enjoyed by a considerable audience.