December has arrived, and with it, Wellington College International Hangzhou’s seasonal activities and performances celebrating the arrival of Christmas.
At Wellington, the holiday season began with a warm start with an official Christmas tree lighting ceremony on campus last Monday. Parents, teachers, staff and community members gathered together in the main lobby to watch pupils sing Christmas carols including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” After several weeks of practice and rehearsals, this was the first time our pupils shared their Christmas spirit with their audience through song, and the event ended with the lighting of our campus Christmas tree.
At Kerry Centre Hangzhou
As a tradition, Wellington College International Hangzhou is keen to create a close-knit international community. At the invitation of the Kerry Centre Hangzhou, the Wellington pupils went on a bigger stage last Friday to perform their Christmas carols and spread Christmas cheer throughout the greater Hangzhou community. After the half hour performance, the Wellington pupils distributed Wellington bears as Christmas gifts to members of the audience.
At Grand Hyatt Hangzhou
On the following day, the Wellington pupils treated the Hangzhou community to one final performance of their Christmas carols at the Grand Hyatt Hangzhou. After an opening speech delivered by Ms. Kathryn Richardson, Principal of Wellington College International Hangzhou, the Wellington pupils exhibited their courage by singing in front of a large audience.
The Grand Hyatt’s General Manager, Mr. Paul Rogers, Executive Master of Wellington College Hangzhou, Ms. Kathryn Richardson, Principal of Wellington College International Hangzhou, Mr. Piers Matthews, Director of Admissions and Marketing of Wellington College Hangzhou and their families then came together and pushed the button to light the Christmas tree.
Wellington College International Hangzhou also prepared a selection of Christmas gifts, including handmade 3D Christmas pendants and Wellington bears, for the children who attended the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The lobby was filled with Christmas cheer as the children smiled and laughed after receiving their gifts from Santa.