CAFOD Young Leader, Maia (L6DEM), reflects on the School’s Carol Service which ended the Autumn Term:
On Friday 9 December, Farnborough Hill celebrated the end of term with a beautiful Christmas service. The theme was the Holy Family, the heart of the festive event that is Christmas.
After some generous donations from the wonderful Mr Choppen and immense effort from the Lower Sixth, the Chapel was decorated joyfully. We are also thankful for the origami, which I am aware was the result of many hours of dedication.
We opened the service with a prayer for help in preparing for Christmas, as we enjoy the Advent season. Among many poignant readings and poems, pupils and staff all came together to sing hymns - the sense of community struck all of us.
This Christmas, we are thinking of not only our Farnborough Hill family, but of our brothers and sisters around the world. We prayed, and will continue to pray, for those disadvantaged families; for anyone welcoming someone into their own family; and for peace and rest for all.
Some sixth formers contributed with an impactful speech discussing the selfless work done by the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Charity Group this term. Many girls came together to create, and sell, pom-pom wreaths to raise money in order to positively impact those in the local community experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
We are all so proud of the readers and charity groups involved in the service, and very grateful to the RE Department, the Music Department and Chaplaincy for their assistance and support.
As always, the service was done wonderfully - embodying the joyful and wholehearted values of the School. We wish everyone in the Farnborough Hill community a Merry Christmas, reflecting on the importance of family as we appreciate the Holy Family who brought us all together.