Christmas Celebrations

Christmas at Yateley Manor is a very special time of year. Decorations have started to appear, the Music School is awash with carols and Christmas pieces played beautifully on instruments and performances from children continue day by day.

This week we have watched the children in our Reception classes giving some incredibly confident performances in their Nativity “A Miracle in Town”. It really is impressive to see children as young as five years old stand in front of a large audience and deliver lines, sing in a chorus and act with clarity. Drama does indeed build confidence and the children have certainly shown some strengths this week. With a concert for Ensembles, Nursery Nativity, Pre-Prep Christmas Concert and the Carol Service still to come, it promises to be a busy two weeks ahead.

The Big Bash is on the minds of many children in Years 3 to 8 at the moment. On the last Thursday of term the children plan and put on a huge array of games. The younger children are invited to attend in the afternoon and play the games, with all proceeds going to the School Charity of the Year, BIBS. It is a highlight of the year for many. For me it completely encapsulates our values at Yateley Manor – compassion, collaboration and communication, to name but a few.

Of course one of the large family events takes place tomorrow with the FYMS Christmas Fayre, starting at 12 noon. There is no better way to kick start the Christmas gift journey, as well as getting you in the mood for the festive period. I am very grateful to the FYMS Committee members, as well as those who have kindly offered their support. FYMS do amazing work at forging links between parents and the school. There is a strong family ethos at Yateley Manor and FYMS are central to this. I know that they are looking for new committee members and it is certainly a fantastic way to become more involved in the school community. Please contact them at if you would like more details.

I hope to see you in the run up to the end of term with the many events we have planned.


Robert Upton