A Very Elmhurst Christmas

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14th December 2017 | Little Elms Blog

A Very Elmhurst Christmas

Our Nursery Manager, Mrs Skinner, has written a wonderful Christmas poem titled 'A Very Elmhurst Christmas'.

Wishing a wonderful Christmas break to all our boys and their families.


‘Twas the night before Christmas,
               when all through the school.

Not a teacher was stirring,
               ​cause we are no fools;

The stockings were hung
               by Miss Carew with care

In hopes that Mr Padfield
              soon would be there.

The children were nestled
              all snug safe at home,

While visions of 11+ exams
             danced in the gloam;

And Miss Payne in her kerchief,
              and I in my cap,

Had just settled down
              for a three week long nap-

When out in the carpark
             there arose such a clatter,

Annie and Clare ran out
             to see what was the matter.

Away to the minibus
             Randall flew like the Flash,

Tore open the doors
             and said “More Forest School stash!”

The spotlights on the playground
            of the new fallen snow.

Gave an appearance of order,
             to the chaos below;

When, what to Mr Caters’ wondering
             eyes should appear,

But Upper School parents
            with a case of beer,

With an Uber driver booked,
           so lively and quick,

He knew in a moment,
             it was no trick.

More rapid than eagles
             his students they came,

And he whistled, and SHOUTED,
             and called them by name:

Now, RB! Now 1P! Now 2K and 2N!
             On, 1B!  On 3B! On 4S and 4O! 

To the top of the school!
             To the top 6N!

Now run away! Run away! Run away all!

So down from the classrooms
               the boys they all flew,

With arms full of books
                and PE kit too.

And then in a twinkling,
                I heard by the roof

A shout from the staffroom
                I knew was no spoof.

As I drew in head,
                and was turning around

Down the stairs Mr V
                 came with a bound.

He was dressed in his Games Kit,
                   from his hat to his mits,

And his clothes were all caked
                  with the mud from Old Whits.

A bundle of Rugby kit
                was carried by Lucas,

He looked weighted down
                 but was told he must focus.

His eyes on the trophy!
                 an end of year goal!

His tournament dreams
                 anything but a stroll!

Miss Prior had Swim Squad
                  all ready to go,

Though the bus was all
                  buried in the white of the snow!

Mme Hargrives held tightly
                   on to a croissant

Saying “Anyone ready for a Frenchy jaunt?”
                   Mrs Mawanda said she’d

Yes, she’d go to France
                   As long as everyone promised to dance.

Mr Padfield spoke not a word,
                but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings;
                  then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger
                   aside of his nose,

And giving a nod
                     out the door he goes!

He sprang to his Volvo
                     to his team gave a whistle,

And away the all flew 
                     it was after dismissal.

But I heard him exclaim
                     as he drove out of sight…

Merry Christmas to all
                      and to all a good night!

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