Boarders’ Christmas Carols in PJs

On the final evening of the Autumn Term, our Elstree Boarders gathered (in bubbles) for some final festive fun in the Front Hall.  Performing and singing Christmas carols and readings, pupils were delighted to receive a surprise visit from the Big Man himself.

Christmas carols and readings in Pyjamas (PJs)

One of our Staff participants, Form Tutor and Lay Chaplain Mr Prichard, shares his version of the Christmas events.

“The Boarders’ Carols is a truly special and traditional end to the term. It’s particularly poignant for those pupils who’ve spent much of their life boarding at Elstree. 

Dressed in PJs and dressing gowns, our Year Groups in bubbles did not disappoint. They entertained us with warmth and humour on the steps of the Front Hall, performing poems, tales and a short drama.

Head of Art, Mrs Syckelmoore delivered an outstanding version of a Dickensian Scottish Christmas Carol. After which, our Gappers – Mr Peddie, Mr Johnson and Miss West – performed the Twelve Days of Christmas.

The night was topped off with a surprise visit (fancy that?!) from a respectful and socially-distanced Father Christmas.  He generously rewarded each boarder with a gift. This is a firm favourite for the end of term, and many pupil’s absolute highlight of the year.”

Boarding at Elstree

Around 50% of Elstree pupils board from one to seven nights of the week. Our flexible boarding model means children from Year 4 can weekly or flexi board.

Boarding is a home-from-home experience.  Children live with our House Parents in the main house, supported by a dedicated team of House Master and Mistresses, Matrons and a Nurse. 

Elstree’s Headmaster and wife live next door and are also involved in boarding life during the week and weekends. Children are thrilled to see them and get very excited when they have the opportunity to walk one of their dogs.

Independent Boarding School of the Year 2020 

From 300 nominations nationwide and the only UK Prep School, Elstree was crowned the Best Boarding School at the prestigious Independent Schools of the Year (ISOTY) Awards 2020Furthermore, we were a finalist in the category of Best Independent Pre-Prep School