St James’ Anglican School choir excited to spread Christmas cheer in Clarkson performance

Choir director Chistina Claire with St James’ Anglican School junior choir.
Choir director Chistina Claire with St James’ Anglican School junior choir.

YOUNG singers from the St James’ Anglican School junior choir will continue their school’s festive tradition of carolling for the community in Clarkson this month.

The Alkimos school’s choir will perform at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre on November 27, marking five years since it started serenading Christmas shoppers.

The choir is made up of 30 students in years 3 to 6 and while most are seasoned performers, it will be the first performance outside a school environment for a few younger singers.

 

St James’ Anglican School head of music Emily Flanagan said the children loved performing at the centre.

“It’s such a great opportunity for the kids to perform for the community and they love sharing the Christmas joy through song,” she said.

“It’s a great setting for the less experienced of the group to gain experience outside of school.

“Choir performances are a great way for young students to learn to feel comfortable and self-assured in a public speaking setting.”

Ms Flanagan said the students enjoyed the audience reactions to their performances and were excited to share their repertoire of ‘Aussie-themed’ Christmas songs.

“A lot of parents, grandparents and family friends come down to support the kids but there is also a good mix of locals unknown to the choir that are just as engaged, and they make performing a delight,” she said.

“Singing is a feel-good activity and it’s something light-hearted and fun the kids can enjoy at the end of a busy school year while spreading the Christmas spirit.”

The St James’ Anglican School junior choir will performing from 1pm on November 27 as part of the centre’s annual Christmas Community Showcase to highlight local talent, which runs from November 24 to December 24.

Any group keen to perform at Ocean Keys Shopping Centre during December can call 9407 2400.

Letters to Santa

OCEAN Keys Shopping Centre has installed a mail box for letters to Santa as part of its festive celebrations.

Children can post their letter to the North Pole via the Santa Mail letterbox, with every child penning a note to old Saint Nick with a return address receiving a letter back.

The letterbox runs until December 21.