The Twelve Schools of Christmas

Paint, glitter, music and hundreds of Christchurch school children helped add a festive feeling to the terminal in recent weeks, through our "The Twelve Schools of Christmas" programme.

We invited applications and selected twelve schools from right across Christchurch to decorate a custom-made Christmas tree which we supplied, schools decorated, then we displayed in the terminal from December 1. From that day, the schools came one at a time to give a short, and very enthusiastic, lunchtime performance in the terminal, each weekday until December 16.

The schools who brought their Christmas magic to the terminal are Isleworth Primary School, St Martins School, Mairehau Primary School, Sockburn School, St Michael's Church School, Sumner School, Wairakei School, South New Brighton School, Sacred Heart, West Spreydon School, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi and St Teresa's.

The talented school children performed a variety of music, singing, Kapa Haka, Jump Jam, and Christmas carols, with some of the performances featuring more than 50 and up to 100 children at a time. You can see part of each school's performance on our Facebook page.

First up, and pictured, was Isleworth Primary School, with 80 students performing Kapa Haka, singing modern songs and finishing with a Christmas carol. A sizeable crowd formed to watch and listen, including international visitors who photographed and videoed the performance.

In return, each school has received a Christmas gift from us of $1000.