It was organised chaos for one hour at Downlands on Friday as lots of Year 7 students created the Christmas Tree Forest. Every year in collaboration with our local churches – especially the local Youth Worker, Gary Pickett, we create a Christmas Tree Forest. It is sponsored by local businesses and raises money for charity. This year the trees were sponsored by Marchants Estate Agents, Orion News, Freedom Leisure, Profiles Health & Beauty, Proper Coffee, Hassocks Parish Council, Station Garage, QD Stationery, Bella June Flowers, Thatchers Barbers, Bella & Meg Cafe, Hassocks Hardware, The Purple Carrot Cafe, Leahy’s, British Legion, Hassocks Infants, Paul Bowley Funeral Directors, Hassocks EyeCare, Indigo, Windmills, Windmills Junior School, Downlands, St Cosmos & St Damiens and the Chestnut Tree House Hospice. Visitors to our Christmas Market then voted for their favourite tree, paying £1 for the privilege. The winning tree will be announced in an assembly here at school on Monday. Thank you to all the students who took part and especially all the local companies who got involved!
Our Christmas Market on Saturday was buzzing! With the choir and orchestra performing Christmas carols on stage, the fabulous Downlands School Association providing stalls and refreshments – very good feedback on the bacon rolls! – and students running a variety of stalls from the Ping Pong Game to Shoot the Teacher, from cakes and christmas decorations to Where in the World. It was a lovely atmosphere and we were delighted to welcome so many people from the local community into our school.