Having photos taken with reindeer was just one of the highlights of this year’s Christmas market and the male duo, Ingamar and Matti, posed happily with students and staff. They were just two of the attractions at the Christmas market, which also included stalls bulging with games, raffles, sweets, prizes and handicrafts.
Students from Year 10 have spent weeks making items to sell, constructing games and coming up with other fund-raising ideas. Stalls included a group selling small handmade boxes filled with mystery gifts, a ‘ball and stick’ balancing game, a competition to identify which feet belonged to which member of staff and a game balancing 20p pieces on lemons.
Oscar Hawkley raised money for a breast cancer charity while members of Naked No More sold jewellery as part of their Young Enterprise Scheme. Money from the Reindeer photographs will go towards the trip to the Galapagos in 2015 while the majority of the profits will be donated to the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity.
Ingamar and Matti are accustomed to being the centre of attention, having visited the Prime Minister at Downing Street, as well as appearing on television and at shows and events across the country. Handler James Flint, who is also a Year 10 student at Brooke Weston, said: ‘Ingamar is eight and Matti is nine. It is a great experience being with them and keeping them. You learn new things every time you go out with them. They are quite docile and used to being handled and they recently went to the premiere of the new Disney film, Frozen, at Leicester Square.’
In addition to the Christmas market, lower school students also enjoyed a disco and a huge festive lunch with all the trimmings expertly provided by the catering staff. Celebrations for upper school take place today and the reindeer are due to visit again, to make sure that everyone is in the Christmas spirit.