Nine Lessons and Carols

Verulam School celebrated the festive season with its annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols last week.

The school Hall and entrance were transformed with decorative lights and over 150 candles. Parents arrived to be greeted with warm mulled wine and mince pies along with the first performance by the newly formed Ukulele band.

The service itself followed the traditional structure used each year by Kings College Cambridge, with pupils from all years reading the Christmas story starting with The Fall in the Garden of Eden and culminating with St. John’s explanation of the coming Christ as ‘the Word became flesh’. Music was performed by the Verulam Choir and Orchestra and led by the Head of Music Mr Southorn. Both groups have seen a swell in numbers from many enthusiastic Year 7s. There were several noteworthy solo performances from the pupils as well as from Mr Southorn himself, along with several congregational carols.

The School Captain welcomed us as we arrived and concluded by leading us in saying the Grace. This was followed by a rousing rendition of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. The Senior Prefect team have worked hard this year to raise money for their chosen charity ‘Herts Young Homeless’ and the sale of tickets from the Carol Service pushed the final amount raised to over £3,000, the highest figure raised by any prefect team. We look forward to presenting Herts Young Homeless with the final sum early next year. As Rob McKee said at the end of the Carol Service, ‘Verulam School would like to wish all its pupils, parents, staff, governors and neighbours a very happy Christmas’.

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