The Advent Term ended with pupils and staff alike getting into the festive spirit. Christmas trees and cheerful decorations went up in the Houses; girls and boys busily trained for the traditional House Hockey and Football tournaments; the audience in Great School were treated to a delightful Advent Concert; and the Chapel received a festive treatment, with a 15ft tree positioned near the altar and a beautiful set of sparkling lights adorning the large tree outside the east end.
Festivities involving gingerbread were in full swing with the annual gingerbread house competition. Each House built and decorated a gingerbread house and submitted it to be judged by our very own Bake Off style panel. The competition saw students meticulously plan their culinary designs: from intricate roofing decorations and edible figurines, to chocolate-inspired fencing and icing-based snow, all Houses produced an impressive display.
After a long and carefully considered deliberation, the judging panel – comprising Mr Milling, Mr Merryweather and Mrs Bond – named Sankey’s House as this year’s winners, having been impressed by the skilful fencing using chocolate fingers and intricate “flint work” on the front and rear of the house. Field’s House – with their clever Santa’s boots on the chimney – secured a close second. Gibbs’ and Second’s swiftly followed, with their impressive efforts securing them joint third place. Overall, the competition was extremely close, with all the competitors producing excellent gingerbread houses.
Sankey's winning gingerbread house
Lancing College Chapel has also been taking part in the gingerbread celebrations. Mr Mole, School House Housemaster, spent two days baking gingerbread, and the result of his work can be seen in the picture below. The making of the ‘Gingerbread Chapel’ was something exciting for the whole family to be involved with. Mr Mole commented: “Isn’t it funny how a building and its people can represent so many things to so many people and bring a community together. This is perhaps the most significant building in my life as I have been fortunate enough to be married and have my two children christened there. I have made gingerbread houses twice before and this was something new that I wanted to do for such a wonderful building and those who work in it”.
Christmas at Lancing also means organising a number of charitable causes, in preparation for the Charities Term. Many students have created Christmas gift boxes, which included essential items for those who are homeless and vulnerable within the local area and further afield. In addition to the boxes, pupils wore Christmas jumpers and held a cake sale to raise money for Crisis – a charity that provides supper, a bed, a shower, and vital health and social services on Christmas day.
Well done to all and we looked forward to another busy but rewarding term after the new year.