Exshaw School Christmas Concert: We are Family

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!

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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2 Responses to Exshaw School Christmas Concert: We are Family

  1. Brian Callaghan says:

    Ms. Morley did the same at ERS at their concert. She put so much energy into leading the children it was an aerobic workout. I love the fact that the program was inclusive with roles for everyone.

  2. Birthe Jorgensen says:

    Boy, you get to go to all the great events! Sounds wonderful.

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