Christmas Concert 2017
Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year”; the season brings holiday cheer and Christmas caroling and is filled with warm hearts, good deeds, and a celebration of love and joy with friends and family. In keeping with the school’s tradition of spreading the Christmas spirit and showcasing talents, another stunning Christmas Concert was staged on Thursday, 7th December 2017. This event was ticketed for adults (children went in free) and all proceeds will go to our community service projects with the Methodist School in Kenyasi.
The school community dazzled in Christmas colours and many familiar faces were no longer recognizable. The Library provided the perfect setting for the night and was uniquely decorated by the PTFA. It was bedecked with Christmas paraphernalia; there was a “green” Christmas tree made out of recycled materials, Cola Cola and Heineken cans, a red backdrop and the look was completed with some Christmas lights, tinsels and wrapped up presents – Santa had a gift for everyone! The concert began at 6.00pm prompt and a very happy audience of parents, teachers and friends of the school was warmly welcomed by our MCs, Ewan Kintzel and Benai Forson. It was generally light-hearted and many of the performances, particularly by the MKV Playgroup and Sankofa, were simply hilarious. From the beauty and clarity of songs to the energy and vibrancy of performances, it was such a fun night and indeed, the best way to see Christmas in season.
The night began with a cute performance of The Kiboomer’s “Jingle Bells Opposites” by the MKV Playgroup. Sankofa was intent on not letting Christmas pass by without asking Santa for a replacement of their missing teeth. They sang songs from “ I had a wobbly teeth” by Out of Ark Music and poems “Mithing tooth” and “All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth”, a novelty Christmas song written in 1944 by Donald Yetter.
This was followed by a guitar and piano accompaniment by Selorm Sisi Ako and Mrs. Yvette Jansen Van Rensburg. “Greensleeves” is believed to have been composed by Henry VIII for one of his lovers and “Away in a Manger” is often associated with Dr. Martin Luther King. There was also a piano duet of David Bryce’s “ Jingle Bell Boogie” and this was performed by Mrs. Van Rensburg and Amanda Mularwaman. It was a musical feast for all senses!
Nkyinkyim enacted a Christmas story about naughty elves and danced to the proverbial “Jingle Bells” song. The elves played a prank on Santa by hiding his suit; they replaced it with a medium and doll-sized ones and every time Santa wore his suit, it would not fit. Mrs. Claus even put him on a diet so he could lose some weight. Alas, all efforts at getting Santa to fit into his suit proved futile until eventually, Santa found them out and reclaimed his suit. Ho Ho Here Comes Santa Claus at last!
Gye Nyame put a Ghanaian twist on the night by singing “Yemma Mo Afehyia Pa” (We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “All I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey.This was followed by Mrs. Van Rensburg’s flute rendition of “He Aint Heavy He’s My Brother” by the Hollies. Nyansapo class performed “Santa Claus is coming to town” and “Winter Wonderland”. They even checked Santa’s Nice List to be sure they were on it. There was no shortage of the holiday spirit!
The highlight of the night was the electrifying and danceable tunes performed by the Methodist School Choir, the school’s community service partner. The Choir also sang some uplifting Ghanaian Christmas carols and the audience could not help but dance.
The night would have been incomplete without the spectacular performances by the Spanish group, an ever-growing group of students who are passionate about learning Spanish. They performed “Noch De Paz” (The First Noel) and “Mi Burrito Sabanero” (My Little Donkey). As they say, all good things must come to an end and when the whole school took to the stage to sing “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, we were all certain that Christmas was here. As usual, the Concert was followed by a Candle Light procession to the Clubhouse where there was refreshments and an opportunity to take photos.
On behalf of the Principal, Staff and Students of the International School of Ahafo, we would like to express our appreciation our teachers, students and to all those who helped behind the scenes. The PTFA deserves special mention for decorating the library and making all the arrangements for refreshments. Thank you to all who bought tickets and made time to come and enjoy the night with us. With your support, we were able to raise Three Hundred and Sixty Ghana Cedis. Merry Christmas to you all; we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!