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Midsummer Festival

Midsummer Festival Pageant

The pageant is one of the highlights of the day & heralds the start of the afternoon celebrations with lots of fun to be had at the sideshows on the South Lawn. 

Class 1 
As the sun rises, colours burst across the sky.      

Class 2
Inspired by the novel ‘The King of Ireland’s Son’.
The King of Ireland’s son is looking for the Enchanter of the Black Backlands, and Laheen the Eagle advises him: “Follow the sun for one whole day, to the lake where three swans play. They are the daughters of the Enchanter, and one of them will help you.” 
He finds them, and the daughter, who can also transform into a swan, realises her swan skin is missing. The King’s Son returns it to her ...

Class 3a
‘The Shepherd’ by William Blake

How sweet is the shepherd’s sweet lot! From the morn to the evening he strays;
He shall follow his sheep all the day, And his tongue shall be filled with praise.
For he hears the lambs’ innocent call, And he hears the ewes’ tender reply;
He is watchful while they are in peace, For they know when their shepherd is nigh.

Class 3b 
An excerpt from ‘Child of the Nile,’ class 3b’s play about the life of Moses.

Class 4a and 4b
A traditional Folk dance, ‘Heels and Toes’

Class 5
Balance is a harmonious arrangement or relation of parts within a whole. Aristotle said that all virtue is achieved by maintaining a balance between two extremes of excess and deficiency. Courage is the balance between cowardice and rashness. Physical health is the balance of too much movement or not enough. By living in balance and exercising virtue, one can achieve happiness,” the whole aim and end of human existence.”!