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Schools choirs in fine voice at carol service

17 December 2014

Fifteen Church of England schools from across the Diocese of Lincoln have taken part in a Christmas Carol Service today in the historic Lincoln Cathedral.

From those fifteen schools, 450 students aged seven to eleven took part in the day, the first of its kind in Lincolnshire.

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The day was split into two halves, with the morning being activity based taking the children around the Cathedral and teaching them about the Christmas story. Then in the afternoon 596 pupils, parents and teachers came together to perform Christmas Carols including Little Donkey and O Little town of Bethlehem.

The day was organised by the Diocesan Education Department in conjunction with Lincoln Cathedral, and Cathedral volunteers and musical staff conducted the activities. They gave the children the opportunity to explore and ask questions about the story of Christmas.

Mary Mouat, an Early Years teacher and Director of Music at Claypole Church of England Primary School was left amazed by the whole day. “It’s great that schools from across the diocese can come together and sing like this,” said Mary, “It’s important to keep in touch with other schools and this wasa great opportunity to give the children some enrichment outside of the classroom. Some of the children from our school had never been to the Cathedral before and were left in awe!”

Gillian Georgiou, the Cathedral School’s Officer and Diocesan RE Advisor, was one of the main organisers of the event. She is hopeful to make it an annual service: “We look after all of the Church Schools in the diocese and we wanted to bring them all together to perform in the mother church of the diocese and to have a Christmas celebration,” explained Gillian. “This years event proved very popular and if you would like to come next year, please get your application in early!”