Keeping Holiday Traditions Alive at Albert College
Approaching Albert College’s main doors, you will notice the words “We favour peace and the arts of peace” etched in stone before you enter the magnificent building built back in 1926. The school motto is a piece of the College’s rich history but still stands true today. One of the many ways Albert College celebrates peace within its diverse student population is the Annual Candlelight Christmas Carol Service held on December 14 and 15. The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols remains a tradition of the school and the greater community showcasing the Arts Program at the school.
Each December, the College welcomes friends, family and the local community to enjoy the Service. Keeping the tradition alive, the audience is treated to a variety of musical ensembles and choirs consisting of staff, faculty and students in Grades 4 to 12 that emulate the warm holiday spirit. “Every year I’m amazed at the dedication of our students, faculty and staff that work together to carry on the beautiful tradition that is the Albert College Candlelight Christmas Carol Service,” explained Mr. Keith Stansfield, Head of School.
Today, Albert College is a boarding and day school to students from over 20 countries around the world. The College honours its diverse student body when they perform Silent Night in multiple languages. This year, Silent Night was sung in French, Mandarin, German, Spanish, Russian, Tamil, Cantonese and English. Students who speak multiple languages take the initiative to teach other students how to sing the verses leading up to the event. “The Candlelight Christmas Carol Service is a wonderful evening showcasing students from a variety of backgrounds as they join us to celebrate our school traditions,” said Ms. Erin Paul, the Choir Director and Florence Meta Moon Chair in Vocal Music. “Singing Silent Night in multiple languages is a way for us to recognize the various cultural backgrounds while uniting to celebrate the holiday season.”
For a school that has been operating in Belleville since 1857, sharing Albert College traditions with the local community is a wonderful way to welcome the holiday season.