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A Christmas post from Year 11

Just like every other English Literature student, this Christmas, I am reading (and re-reading!) Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. Most of you already know the story: three spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge and show him how unrewarding his solitary, tight-fisted life is, and will continue to be if he does not change his ways. As we turn the pages, we see Scrooge’s terrific transformation from a miserly money lender to a generous gentleman. Ultimately, Scrooge discovers that when you give a little to those who have nothing at Christmas, it enriches your life as well as theirs.

As I finished the book, I started thinking about the message Dickens wanted to convey to us, his readers, and how we can apply it to our everyday lives. Suddenly, I realised – Dickens’ message about giving, mirrors our ‘10:10 Mission’ at The Gryphon School—’To live life in all its fullness’. This means creating opportunities, getting involved in school life, and doing our best to make the most of the time we have here. For these reasons, this Christmas, we in Year 11 are reaching out to the community – to give a little to those who do not have a lot.

We have been writing Christmas cards to those in Abbey View Care Home to spread some Christmas cheer, as well as writing Christmas cards with warm wishes that will accompany Christmas dinner for those who will dine alone this year. We also recognise how difficult it can be for many to put food on the table, let alone afford non-essentials, so we are collecting some Christmas treats to go to Sherborne Food Bank. It isn’t much, but hopefully, it will make a difference.

In the words of the reformed Scrooge, this Christmas, Year 11 ‘will honour Christmas in our hearts and try to keep it all the year’.
Merry Christmas, everyone.

-by Olivia B.

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