Last month, The British School Manila was filled with Christmas cheer. It had a Christmas shop open all week for the children to buy their families and friends gifts for the holidays and the Main Hall was transformed into a festive theatre.
BSM began the celebrations on Thursday morning, 03 December 2015 with the EYFS and Key Stage 1 show ‘Christmas with the Aliens’ by Nikki Lewis. The traditional Christmas story is retold to some alien visitors who become stranded on earth and meet a group of schoolchildren rehearsing their Christmas play. This show was performed by Year 1 and 2 children after many weeks of rehearsals and lots of hard work. The children made BSM very proud with their fantastic acting and singing of great songs such as “Where am I?” and “A Star Kept Shining.”
BSM's Nursery and Reception children were twinkling stars, dressed in spangly silver and gold. They entertained the audience with their wonderful performances of the traditional Christmas Songs ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’, ‘Little Donkey’ and the ever popular ‘Feliz Navidad.’
This was a spectacular way to begin the festivities at BSM culminating in the rapturous applause at the finale, of its ever supportive community. BSM’s youngest children in school not only sang beautifully and looked amazing in their costumes but they also delivered their lines with confidence and panache, testament to the practice and hard work put in by the students guided by their teachers to get to this level of performance. The EYFS and KS1 production reminded everyone what Christmas is all about: bringing everyone together regardless of differences.
At present 900+ students aged 3-18 are on BSM’s roll and 35 nationalities are represented. British children make up 33%, Filipino 22%, Canadian 9%, Australians 8% and American 6% of the total population.