Spreading the Christmas cheer

On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon this week, the school community of St Joseph’s Primary School, Charlestown gathered to celebrate the season of Christmas.

The students looked outstanding in their Christmas-themed clothes and every class had a component of the Christmas story to tell and were “in the round” underneath our COLA.

Parents and friends had flooded in to watch this performance even though it was 38C.

Mrs Kate James, our specialist music teacher had selected Christmas classics with a twist. Songs such as Silent Night were done very differently, and the crowd loved it. Students were breaking out their dance moves throughout the concert.

Think 70s groove, 80s vibe, 90s power ballad, 00s pop and a smooth 2019 feel — we had it all. The students loved performing as the songs were fun and catchy.

The nativity scene was built-on throughout the performance, so the true message of Christmas was front and centre, but it was definitely done 2019-style. Every student in the school was involved.

All the elements of the nativity narrative came to life. Songs included Journey to Bethlehem, No Room at the Inn, We’ve Come to See the Baby, Wise Men Three, Silent Night — the grooviest version you’ve ever heard — and of course sing-along favourites Santa Claus is Coming to Town (a Sinatra-ish version), Aussie Jingle Bells (all Aussie lyrics) and We Wish You a Merry Christmas (the thrash metal version with lyrics).

St Joseph’s at Charlestown is ready for Christmas.

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