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 Post subject: Re: Advent Drabbles 2016 - December 2nd posted
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Poor old Simone; she did have a hard time of it.

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Items from the Chalet School Archive

Item 1 : Hand written list, two different sets of handwriting, comments in brackets look like added later? Date suspected 1928/1929?

Christmas Play To do list :

Wash white frocks
Wash and iron black hair ribbons
Decorate school room - juniors / middles to collect branches of evergreen
(good plan, keep em out of the way !!)
Set up screens - Margia, Joey, Marie volunteered. Layout - as discussed at Prefects & Staff meeting, Tuesday - couple of screens to cut off upper end of the room, rest with chairs and forms. Set girls up behind screens, pull them apart when start. (Pull the girls apart? Sounds painful!)
(Make sure those careless monkeys remember must put soft pads under posts if they are to be dragged on floor!)

Instrumentals? Margia says she will tell us nearer the time - may have composed something? Frieda and G want to do Mendelssohn. Gisela wants Martini,

(She does, does she? Are we are changing the school rules to allow cocktails? I approve of this plan if it includes the staff room! :-))

Prop list :
Wooden trough with hay (the one by the kitchen window maybe?)
Baby Jesus
Children's toys
Shepherd crock (do you mean crook?)
Angel wings
Halos
Lillies for Archangel
Lady - Jewels

Poor man gift - what? Hat? Bread? (For some reason been decided knife - suggest Blunt Knife !!)
More scenery? Animals? Walls? Other gifts? (No, decided just keep it simple)


Item 2 Programme, yellowed paper

CHALET SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE

We are pleased to welcome our neighbours and visitors.
Thank you for your company and support.

2pm Doors open

Part ONE

2.30pm - Choir led by Mr T Denny

Madrigal : How Fair the Sun

My Bonny Lass, She Smileth

Canon (Martini)

2.50 pm Instrumental

Piano Solo - Miss Margia Stevens

Preghiera, Martini - Gisela Marini

Fingal's Cave, Mendelssohn - Miss Grizel Cochrane & Miss Frieda Mench

3.15pm Choir to finish part one with Folk Singing - Come, all you valiant Christian men

INTERVAL

3.30 pm PART TWO

Nativity play - The Youngest Shepherd

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION WELCOMED with carols marked ** (words to carols will be given)

Act One : Modern Room, Children
Carol : Good Christian Men Rejoice
Carol : In the Fields with their flocks Abiding
Solo Carol : Cherry Tree - Miss Josephine Bettany

Short interval (3 minutes) - please remain in your seats, thank you.
Carol : When the Crimson Sun had Set

Act Two : Stable door, guarded by Angel

Group Carol **Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht**

Angel Chorus : 'Bird' Carol
Carol : The First Nowell / Noel
Carol: Come to the Manger in Bethlehem

Short interval : Group Carol **Adeste Fideles**

Act Three : Inside Stable

Carol solo : Sleep Holy Babe - Miss Josephine Bettany

Carol: Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning.

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They really needed a school archivist :lol: . Thank you, Robin.

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Thanks Robins 2 and 3! :)


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Excellent information! Thank you Robin.

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Thank you, Robin.

Two sets of handwriting? The one is brackets sounds like Bill. The first one is presumably Madge. Am I right? Not sure if Bill was already at school though.


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Thank you all three Robins - I'd forgotten about this, so just had a lovely catch-up.


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Gisela sat in a corner of the tiny but cosy room Madame had designated for the use of the very first prefects of the Chalet School, and chewed reflectively on the end of her pen. She had been fascinated by a recent lecture of Madame’s about an English writer, Virginia Woolf. They had even had the chance of looking at, and of course discussing, Madame’s copy of her brand-new novel, “Mrs Dalloway”. How different from her former lessons with Mam’sell, that she was now being given the opportunity of such a discussion.

Gisela had been much taken with the style of writing, the flowing of the character’s thoughts as they occurred, as if one were actually inside her brain. She felt she would like to try it out. She would begin with this all-important letter, one that she wrote every year on the first Sunday in Advent.....

Dear Father Christmas,

No, no, that does not feel right to me. Shall I carry on? Perhaps if I were to change the name? Did not Joey say that Father Christmas is just another name for the blessed Saint Nicholas, who brings gifts to children all across the world? But he does not bring them at Christmas, surely? He comes on his very own day, the sixth of December....However I could try that –

Dear Saint Nicholas,

No, that does not work. I cannot ask Saint Nicholas to bring me yet more gifts at Christmas time. He has already given of his generosity. What if I perhaps try to change his name? To Santa Claus, as Evadne says they call him in her native America.


She wrote the name firmly, secretly proud of her clear handwriting.

Dear Santa Claus....

But surely that is just a corruption of Saint Nicholas? The words sound so similar. I cannot use that name either, I will scratch it out.
Why is this so difficult? Why can I not simply write as I always do on this day?


She stopped writing. Her mind wandered to Advent Sundays of the past, the gathering of her small family, Papa, Mutti, and her younger sister Maria, sitting round the dining table, the room warmed by the big porcelain stove in the corner, Mutti lighting the first of the four candles on the Advent Wreath. Each sitting with a sheet of paper and coloured crayons in front of them, nut cookies waiting to be eaten when the task of writing and decorating their Wunschzettel, their wishlists, had been completed.

Is she doing that at this very moment? Just for her and Papa? Are they missing us?

Now stop these thoughts! Control yourself! You are the head girl of an English school, you must observe English traditions, so that others will follow your example. And English girls write to Father Christmas. Joey says they post the letters up the chimney. How to do that? Never mind for the moment - try again or there will be no letter to post!

Dear Father Christmas.....

Is it because I am writing in English? Should I try German? But my English is good now, I don’t think that can be the problem. I know the English for all the things I should like the Christkindl, the blessed Christ Child, to bring me.......


She dropped her pen with a sudden start. She stared at the page full of writing. She gave a little smile, shook herself, picked up the pen, drew a firm line through all she had written, and in clear, well-formed letters began:

Liebes Christkindl, dearest Christ Child,
I should be grateful if this year you would be so kind as to bring me one or two of the following gifts.......


And her pen flowed smoothly across the page to the very end of the letter.

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:lol: Thank you, Robin. The obsession with being Really English seemed to wear off after the first term or two!

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Thank you, I like the way Gisela is thinking it through and her memories. Thanks !

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Thanks, Robin. I would like to add more but not now.


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Poor Gisela - she did try so hard to follow English traditions....

Thank you Robin.

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Mon Cher Père Noël

First of all, I must thank you for granting my last year’s wish of a new position away from the Withers family who were making my life a misery. My year has been much pleasanter since Marguérite Bettany, or ‘Madame’ as we now call her, whisked me off to be a partner in her new school in Austria.

For this year, I would like to ask first that I could make an even more fresh start and change my name. For some reason, Marguérite has always called me Elise, while my sister’s children call me Tante Therèse. No one seems to know how to spell my surname either. So I wish now to change from being known as Elise La Pattre to Therèse Lepattre, without making a big announcement or having anyone at school comment on it.

My second request is that my niece Simone be a little less clingy and dependent on Joséphine – Madame’s sister – who is trying to teach her to be more like ‘a jolly English schoolgirl’, but not always succeeding. Things may be better when her little sister Renée joins the school, as she will have to be more responsible then.

Last of all, whether my life be long or short, I wish the Chalet School to continue for many years, and to live on in the hearts of its girls for ever.

Oh, and I have been a very good girl!

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:lol: It's amazing how muddled EBD, bless her, got, even when there were so few characters at the school in the early days.

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Just binge-read as I'd forgotten it was Advent - lovely! And :D to Mademoiselle for being a good girl!

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