Joy to the world

On Wednesday 2 December, St James Catholic College was filled with the wonderful sounds of Christmas Carols from all around the world! The annual Primary Christmas concert this year took on a new spin, students from Kindergarten to Year 6 introduced to family and friends a range of carols that are sung in different countries and languages around the world.

Year 6 opened the concert with an instrumental version of feliz navidad originating from Spain. Prep, Year 3, 5 students then performed Away in a Manger with the Year 6 students accompanying in sign language. Year 1 astounded the crowd with their fluent and enthusiastic performance of the Japanese version of Silent Night. Prep students shone on stage with their version of The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy.

Next on the world tour was Australia and the Year 1 and 4 students rose to the challenge happily singing the 12 Twelve Days of Christmas using the Australia version (replacing the traditional gifts with native Australian animals). Year 4 continued on stage performing O Christmas Tree in German!

From Germany to Hawaii, things on stage turned tropical with Year 3 students well equipped for the Hawaiian beaches in Hula Skirts and floral Leis, shorts and sunglasses! The students performed Mele Kalikimaka, meaning 'Merry Christmas'. The island theme continued with Year 5 students performing Mary’s Boy Child using clap sticks and language from the Tiwi Islands.

Moving around to the other side of the world, Ireland was next on show, with the Year 2 students performing an Irish dance and singing Christmas in Killarney. Kindergarten students joined the Year 2 students on stage to show the crowd a Jewish Christmas singing the d Hanukkah song.  Following this the very brave and confident Kindergarten students performed the African-American song Go tell it on the mountain for the audience.

The concert was finished with all classes singing Joy to the World.

The students worked tirelessly to make the production a huge success! Needless to say, so did their teachers!



Images courtesy of Carolyn Whitehouse