A medley of marimba music opened Gad’s Hill School’s annual carol service at Rochester Cathedral.
Students from the school welcomed guests, parents, Governors and friends of Gad’s to an evening of readings and carols.
Special guests this year were The Mayor of Gravesham; Cllr Greta Goatley and Escort (Cllr David Hurley) and The Mayor and Mayoress of Medway, Councillor Stuart and Mrs Sarah Tranter.
The choir performed traditional carols and modern festive songs, accompanied by the school’s musicians playing marimbas – a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones.
Teachers and pupils as young as six took to the pulpit to give readings from the traditional nine lessons, while Year two children performed a series of tableaux to illustrate the nativity story.
Gad’s Hill School Headteacher David Craggs said: “The carol service is a time honored tradition at Gad’s and is a lovely way to mark the end of another great term and the start of Christmas celebrations for our children and their families.
“Our students were beautifully behaved as ever and did the school proud. All the children are involved with the service, be it performing, welcoming guests or rehearsing songs at school.”
Supported by a Salvation Army band, the finale was ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’.