Academy concert was a major success

Members of Arbroath Academy Christmas Concert cast and crew.
Members of Arbroath Academy Christmas Concert cast and crew.

Arbroath Academy’s Christmas Concert featuring talented pupils was a resounding success and full of festive spirit.

Organised by the faculty of expressive and performing arts, the evening kicked off with a Christmas Market with pupils, staff and community members selling their home-made wares or offering activities such as face painting and hair bows, all for fund-raising purposes.

The ‘get crafty’ flexibility group, the ASN Enterprise group, Ms Anderson’s form class, the maths department and Mrs Cunningham’s Paris fund-raiser group were selling a mixture of items they had been making over the last term.

These included cake and candy, recycled jewellery, bracelets, cushions, and Christmas cards and decorations.

S6 pupil Rachael Smith held a cake and card stall to raise money for her gap year trip to China, Mrs Price sold an amazing array of edible goodies, and Miss Bajorek’s Excel class offered face painting for the children.

Abbie Davidson, an S3 pupil, was promoting having her head shaved, which she will undertake in January, aiming to raise funds for a cancer charity.

Finally, members of the adult learning group and others from the community sold knitted Teddies and Christmas accessories.

Following the success of the market, the entertainment began. The show was fronted by S6 pupils, Keir Ritchie and Rebecca Russell. There was singing from a variety of different groups including the newly formed staff and pupil choir, pupils demonstrated their prowess on various instruments, and dancers showcased their skill.

The audience was invited to sing along with the choir to ‘O Come all ye faithful’ and the final song of the show, the unavoidable, ‘Jingle Bells’ wrapped up the entertainment.

The evening culminated with tea, coffee and mince pies for guests and performers alike.

The atmosphere was buzzing and the feedback from the audience was positive with everyone commenting on what a great night it had been.