One of my favourite events at our schools is the Christmas Concert. This year I was only able to get to one; it was last night in Exshaw. This K-Grade 8 school was humming with excitement when Trustee Vi Sandford and I arrived. Staff, parents and community members hailed us as we found our seats. The principal, Ms. Hanson, publicly welcomed us as well as former Exshaw School principal, Deb Anstey.
Then Suzanne Morley, the Music Specialist, took over. She made a good start by welcoming the assembly in Stoney, which delighted the crowd. Then, I have to say, she positively lit up those students with her verve and signature conducting. I took pictures of the performance, but Suzanne’s energetic style meant some part of her was always blurry.
So I got her to pose in front of the snowflakes in the hall so we could give a proper thanks and “Compliments of the Season” greeting to her. Thanks to all the staff and students for their hard work in producing such a heart-warming event. Special thanks to “Mr. Morley” (aka John Frolick), whose volunteer time and skills really added to the evening’s show.
The final number of the concert was not a traditional Christmas tune, but it certainly summed up the feeling in that gymnasium as the kids chorused with gusto: WE ARE FAMILY!