15th December 2017 — It was all about the nativity at Hornsby House School this year. We were treated to three different but equally wonderful nativity plays by Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. This was followed a few days later by a surprise version of the Year 2 nativity staged by the teachers on Christmas Party Day, much to the amusement of all. The children enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch of turkey and the trimmings, followed by a thoroughly hammed-up nativity performance by the staff, in which Headmaster Mr Rees played God, Reception teacher Mr Long played the angel Gabriel and Miss Blunt, a much-loved Year 4 teacher who is moving out to Norfolk after 18 years at the school, played Mary.
It has become a tradition at Hornsby House to give the children and their families a Christmas surprise on the last day of term. Father Christmas in his sleigh and a snow machine have featured in recent years but no-one was expecting to be greeted by three camels in the playground. Baxter, Blizzard (named because he was born in one) and Kazak wore decorative harnesses and were ridden by the three “kings”. Hornsby House children, families and staff sang carols while admiring the camels and the accompanying nativity scene that was put on by the gap students and PE staff. Each year group then had the chance to have a closer look at the camels and ask questions.
Headmaster Edward Rees said, “The end of the Christmas term is always a special time at Hornsby House but this year was truly unforgettable.”