Christmas celebrations at any school are a special part of the calendar. At Brookfield, the “Community School” tag means that the carol concert, dance evenings, drama productions and staff panto are as much part of the Yuletide experience as stuffing and wrapping paper. So how will we cope this year?
In March we were put into a government enforced lockdown that we thought would be for a few weeks; it turned out to be 5 months. Little did we know back then that it would become such a test of human spirit.
Throughout those months, people started to turn to creative outlets to spread positivity and these helped many people to cope; rainbows, scarecrows, balcony musicals, street songs, theatre online, zoom dance lessons and VE day street parties.
When schools reopened in September, Brookfield realised how important those creative outlets were and performing arts lessons resumed.
Unfortunately, due to restrictions and bubbles, we were unable to rehearse a school production. The performing arts and art department have decided to continue to spread the positivity and provide a creative outlet for so many talented youngsters by creating a Virtual Christmas celebration.
We have a range of students taking part - from year 7 to 13. There will be Christmas songs, an A Level pantomime, dance and drama pieces, special effects make-up galleries, virtual art galleries, a special staff song and readings from our English department.
The event will be a celebration of work and will hopefully spread a little festive spirit. Now, more than ever, we need to support the creative arts and to celebrate each other.
The show will be uploaded to our website in December for families and our local community to enjoy. We hope you will follow the link to join in with an unusual version of Christmas at Brookfield!
Text & Images: Brookfield Journalism Group