There is no gainsaying that we all need a little Christmas in our lives; a magical time to unwind from all the hard work, spend time with loved ones and celebrate successes chalked. Our Christmas Concert allows us to do just that and it has become the most enduring holiday tradition in the MKV community. This year’s event was held on Thursday, 6th December 2018 in the Library for a happy audience of board members, staff, parents and friends of the school. In keeping with the spirit of the season, invitations were sent out to visiting choirs from the Noble Family School, Methodist School and the Ebenezer Methodist Church.
Throughout the week, preparations were made and by the time the concert rolled around, we were bursting with excitement. Everyone turned up in their finery and the Library was merry with a stunning recycled Christmas tree styled with ornaments and twinkling fairy lights. Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas! (in Santa’s voice).
By 6.00pm, the audience had been ushered into the library with soft music and a slideshow of Student Council Projects and it was show time. Sankofa reminded us of the axiom that the best things indeed come in small packages. They warmed their way into our hearts with performances such as “I’m the Happiest Christmas Tree”, the “Christmas Tree Gallop” and “When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter”. They even read their letters to Santa and their wishes were granted. This was followed by a flute rendition of “Greensleeves” (a piece believed to have been composed by Henry VIII) by Mrs. Yvette Jansen Van Rensburg.
Nkyinkyim stole the show not only with their costumes but dancing prowess; Candy Man dance from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There were also reindeer-themed performances such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, “a Reindeer for Christmas” and a recitation of Ken Nesbitt’s funny poem about “Christmas Cats”. It was a musical feast for all senses!
Next came Gye Nyame with an interesting skit on striking elves who had been overworked and underpaid by a bossy Santa. When Santa realized he needed his little helpers more than he thought, he gave in to their demands and Rudolf and the team delivered all the presents to the children of the world in good time. Gye Nyame was also intent on not letting Christmas pass by without asking Santa for a hippopotamus.
The Spanish Group also delighted the audience with some Spanish carols such as “El tamborillero [Little Drummer Boy]” and “Santa Claus llego a la ciudad [Santa Claus is coming to town]”. There was no shortage of the holiday spirit!
Nyansapo also re-enacted a comedy about a grandmother who got run over by a reindeer in a snowstorm on Christmas eve. She was found the next day, trampled with incriminating claw marks from Santa Claus and his reindeer. What sad memories of Christmas!
Just when it seemed that the night had ended, the Dance Club enthralled us with an incredible performance on the evolution of dance. Some of the dances displayed were Gangnam Style, Macarena, Rock and Roll, Poker Face, the bob, the twist, hip hop, among others. How quickly time flies by!
The night took a Ghanaian twist when our friends from the Methodist School, Noble Family School and the Methodist Church Choir served us some danceable Highlife tunes, the Methodist Choir sung some "Afehyia Pa" medley and the Noble Family School performed Kpanlogo, “12 Days of Christmas” and “We’ll Celebrate” amidst the beautiful sound of African drums.
The night ended reluctantly with the whole school singing “Salam Aleikum”. Thereafter, there was a candle lit procession to the club house and refreshments for all.
The Principal, staff and students of ISA would wholeheartedly like to thank all our awesome mums and friends who helped us in diverse ways to prepare for this concert; from door decorations, to costume and props making, preparing snacks from our visiting choirs and the ‘après-concert’. A final thank you to all who gave generously towards our community service projects. You enrich our community with your constant and unconditional support