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HERTFORD SCHOOLS' MARVELLOUS MUSICAL CELEBRATION - WINTER 2020

Hello everyone and may I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,  as well as my best wishes for any other celebration you may be having at the time.  Those of you who know the Hertford traditions will know that at this time of year we would normally be squeezing everyone into the hall; parents, carers, teachers and children, in order to sing our hearts, and this term, out.

This year we have been unable to do this, but I still had the aspiration to create something to share with our community of Hertford Schools.  To me, the end of the Autumn term should be marked with a coming together of all the people who make our schools such wonderful places to work, play and learn.  This is why I rose to the challenge, not knowing if it was possible, of recording each class bubble singing outdoors, then filming them indoors and putting all the separate audio and video clips together to make a film.  We also made artwork of stars and flickbooks, some of which are used in the film.

WE HAD NO REHEARSALS!  Usually we are practising our songs in class every week as well as singing for half an hour every week as a whole school in singing assembly.   This year we could only sing and record outside, following guidelines about covid safety and singing, so I had to record us straight away whenever we had dry weather!!!  A very tricky job in Autumn!  Recording outside had its own challenges with PE whilstles, PE classes, birdsong, low-flying aeroplanes and the wind.  You may hear some of these sounds in the background.  All the letters for the 12 Letters of Christmas were written by year 5, Ash Class, in one lesson, with no time for editing or rewriting.  This is why you will spot spelling errors a-plenty.  Please forgive us our mistakes and oversights as we have done our absolute best, given the time and space limitations...this applies to the films as well.  I have tried my very best to include every child at least once.  If they are not in one film, you should find them in another film.

We also managed to record audio and video of the children and staff at Hertford Infant School in one morning and we are thrilled that they were able to join in with our musical celebration video.  Thank you to them and the HJS staff who also stepped out of their comfort zones in order to join in the singing and silly video-making.

Most importantly, these films show that our schools are still a team that is working, growing,  learning and playing together.  We are celebrating our resilience in finding ways to overcome the difficulties that life throws our way.  WE ARE STARS!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

On the FIRST day of Christmas my true love gave to me

A partridge in a pear tree

On the SECOND day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the THIRD day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the FOURTH day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the FIFITH day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Five gold rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the SIXTH day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Six geese -a-laying

Five gold rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the SEVENTH day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Seven swans a swimming

Six geese-a-laying

Five gold rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the EIGHTH day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Eight maids-a-milking

Seven swans-a-swimming

Six geese-a-laying

Five gold rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the NINTH day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Nine ladies dancing

Eight maids-a-milking

Seven swans-a-swimming

Six geese-a-laying

Five gold rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the TENTH day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Ten lord-a-leaping

Nine ladies dancing

Eight maids-a-milking

Seven swans-a-swimming

Six geese-a-laying

Five gold rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the ELEVENTH day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Eleven pipers piping

Ten lords-a-leaping

Nine ladies dancing

Eight maids-a-milking

Seven swans-a-swimming

Six geese-a-laying

Five gold rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

And a partridge in a pear tree

On the TWELFTH day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Twelve drummers drumming

Eleven pipers piping

Ten lords-a-leaping

Nine ladies dancing

Eight maids-a-milking

Seven swans-a-swimming

Six geese-a-laying

Five gold rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

*   *   *

And a partridge in a pear tree.

12 Days of Christmas - final edit 1.mp3
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