Throwback Thursday: From the [Christmas] Archives

The end of our fall term (Sept – Dec) has been marked by a variety of celebrations such as the annual Drill/ Gymnastics/Dancing displays, Christmas shopping the last Saturday before term ended, assemblies for the reading of term marks, exhibitions of handcrafts, delivering a Christmas Hamper to a needy family, Boarders’ Christmas parties, Christmas concerts, Grades Twelves’ Silver Tea, Christmas dances, drama/musical productions, nativity plays, carolling at veterans and seniors hospitals, or the Carol Service. [Photo Below: Choir Festival, 1961, 2005-010-026]

Carol Services have been held at the school gymnasium, St. John’s Anglican Church, or Christ Church Cathedral.  At the 1941 Carol Service, the Rev. George Biddle, of St. John’s Anglican Church and father of three SMS students, Ann, Mary & Joan Biddle, read the opening prayers. The Carol Service is first mentioned in the 1941-42 Cardinal school calendar of events, but it is suggested that this was not the first time is was held. It also appears that  students (especially boarders) would regularly attend Anglican church services, including special services during the Christmas season.  Here are some samples of carol service programmes from 1968, 1972 and 1987.


Submitted by Christine Godfrey, SMS Archivist

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