The performing arts talents of students at Stour Valley Community School were in evidence when they gave their Christmas Celebration.
More than 60 students, from years seven to 11 presented music, songs and drama pieces reflecting a range of styles and moods.
The music department continues to go from strength to strength and is now able to boast separate string and woodwind ensembles - in addition to the orchestra - and both played strongly.
Many items featured solo spots for the students taking GCSE Music next summer.
Musical items included Shepherds and Angels (for strings), a vocal duet from Holly Brailsford and Harriet French and Let It Go from Frozen – all played and sung with great gusto and enthusiastically received by the packed house.
There was a change to a darker mood for the second half with year 11 drama students presenting their work – most of it written and created by the students themselves and carrying strong messages for the audience.
To round of the show, the audience was treated to a sneak preview of the 2015 school production – Bugsy Malone.
The stage was flooded with hot pinks and sparkling sequins, flappers and gangsters for an all-singing and dancing rendition of Fat Sam’s Grand Slam – the show’s iconic opening song.