We have enjoyed learning about the traditional Ukrainian Christmas, thanks to our Ukrainian students who celebrate the Orthodox Christmas on January 7th.

The students may have been in School for their Christmas Eve, but we made it as special as possible, starting with a Ukrainian-themed ‘Friday Fry-Up’ breakfast for them, their friends, families and host families with our Dining Hall dressed in yellow and blue.

Everyone tasted a Ukrainian Christmas lunch on Friday, featuring dishes such as Kutia pudding, which is a bit like rice pudding.

On Friday evening, we held our Christmas Cracker Concert, postponed from last term because of the snowy weather.  Wind Band, orchestras and choirs including the Year 7 Choir performed a range of festive music, including the Ukrainian “Carol of the Bells”.

In Monday’s assembly, our Ukrainian students described – in Ukrainian, with English subtitles screened above them – Ukrainian Christmas symbols and customs, such as the ‘didukh’, a wheat sheaf representing the spirits of our ancestors. It was great to feel that Christmas spirit extend into rainy January.


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