This year, our school decided that we were going to have a carol sing as part of our Holiday Assembly. I thought that it would be fun to let other schools participate in this carol sing via Skype. Last weekend, I sent out a tweet asking if anyone would be interested in participating, and within a couple of minutes, I got four responses. All of us downloaded the latest version of Skype, and we tried out a group video call. Yippee! It worked!
Paula Naugle (from New Orleans), Jeremy Macdonald (from Southern Oregon), Rob McDonald (from Manitoba), and Jena Sherry (from Wisconsin) each practiced singing Jingle Bells with the plan that we would all sing it together on December 17th. Unfortunately, Rob McDonald’s students were called to a last minute assembly, so they couldn’t participate, but the rest of us did. Each of us took turns singing the chorus of Jingle Bells, and then at the end, we all sang it together. A class from Australia wanted to participate in this carol sing too, but with the 16 hour time difference, this was not possible. They sent us a holiday video though with special Christmas greetings to the staff and students at Ancaster Meadow School. A special thank you to Jenny Ashby and Gill Davey for doing this! What a great end to our Global Carol Sing.
I also want to extend a special thank you to Zoe Branigan-Pipe, who came to the school on December 17th to record this special carol sing. We now have a wonderful recorded memory of this amazing day that showed us all about the true power of connections! I hope that Christmas 2.0 can be a holiday tradition at Ancaster Meadow School!