Collegiate Holiday Celebrations Wrap Up

Collegiate School 3rd Graders presented the annual Concert of Carols for their families at River Road Presbyterian Church on Dec. 18 to conclude the School’s annual series of holiday performances.
During the concert, student soloists and an angel choir sang contemporary songs and carols. Through the music, the students acted out the Christmas story by portraying angels, camels, a donkey, a star, kings, shepherds, Mary, Joseph and the innkeeper.

Earlier this month and last month, other Lower, Middle and Upper School students held their annual holiday performances.

Wearing their traditional red and white capes, members of the Collegiate Kindergarten class performed the annual Kindergarten Chapel, held at River Road Presbyterian Church​. With family and friends in attendance, the young Cougars recited verses and sang songs depicting the Christmas story. To conclude the event, they rang bells as they filed out of the church.

Collegiate 5th through 12th Grade girls performed the Christmas Pageant at All Saints Episcopal Church on Dec. 3 and 4. Held since the early days of the Collegiate School for Girls on Monument Avenue, Pageant tells the Christmas story as the Upper School girls' Glee Club and Middle School Balcony Chorus sing and students costumed as cherubs, angels, shepherds, kings and Mary and Joseph re-enact the birth of Jesus. On the Friday before the performances, Collegiate alumnae gathered for the annual Pageant Luncheon, held in the Sharp Academic Commons. Afterward, many of them visited All Saints to watch the Pageant dress rehearsal.

The annual Lessons and Carols service for 5th through 12th Grade boys took place on Nov. 30 at 2nd Baptist Church. A Collegiate School tradition for more than 40 years, this year’s service featured bells ringing, 5th Graders singing and 6th through 12th Grade boys each reading a lesson. Charlie Blair, Head of the Middle School, and Steve Hickman, Head of School, each also offered a lesson. Between readings, student choristers and the congregation sang traditional carols.

Feast of Juul, where Collegiate senior boys gather with their teachers for dinner, songs, roasts and toasts, and Brunch, the musical extravaganza that junior girls perform in honor of senior girls (with 5th through 10th Grade girls in attendance), launched the holiday season on Nov. 20 and 21, respectively.
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