As always at Notre Dame, Advent was celebrated in style with a number of events and activities both religious and secular organised by Chaplain Andrew Sullivan.
On December the 8th we celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception [Notre Dame’s patronal feast day], with a cake sale. Students and staff brought in their best bakes and £102 was raised for the developing world charity ‘Mary’s Meals’.
On December 12th the annual Pensioners party took place with the usual good cheer. Over 70 guests enjoyed a delicious buffet and enjoyed a wealth of entertainment provided by students. Miscendi Morris were in attendance as was Notre Dame’s own Derren Brown Michael Hobly who astounded the audience with his magic tricks. The afternoon ended with a Bingo session and a visit from Santa.
On Dec 18th there was an advent service in the college chapel where staff joined in with carols sung by the college choir and took a moment to reflect on the term behind them.
The term finished with four advent services where traditional carols such as ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Silent Night’ were interspersed with some contemporary dance and a rendition of ‘Love has come’ a modern advent song. Performers were Sarah Moriarty, Joanna Ukpabio, Derya Bafa and Karolina Slawski. There was a creation of the nativity tableau and the address was given by our Principal Mr Coen.
The Advent Services were also the finale to our charity giving. As always students had been preparing presents and food parcels for; Catholic Care Food Parcels, The Woman’s Sector, St Nicholas’ Hampers, and St Anne’s Homeless Shelter, and these were brought up during the service.
Term ended on Dec 20th with many good wishes for a well-earned, happy and peaceful Christmas.