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Carols around the world

The MFL Department led the School on a grand tour of Christmas traditions around the world. Starting in Ancient Greece and Rome with Adeste Fideles and Personent Hodie – as well as learning what the Romans ate for Saturnalia – we then moved through Europe, singing O Tannenbaum, Il est né le divin enfant and Ande, Ande, Ande. Interspersed with the carols were poems were written by students for the MFL Christmas poetry competition. A somewhat greater musical challenge was offered by We Wish You A Merry Christmas in Mandarin and Jingle Bells in Arabic but a real highlight was the multilingual Silent Night which included members of the Sign Language Club signing the last verse. A wonderful way to appreciate different cultures and traditions.

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