Carol service heralds Christmas with powerful message

Students, parents and staff at Trinity Academy in Thorne joined together to end the Christmas term on a high note as they celebrated their annual carol service.

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Some 500 parents, governors, friends of the school and students packed out the main hall to hear the Christmas story retold through music, drama, bible readings, carols and dance.

The service was led by more than 180 of Trinity’s Year 7 students, who joined together to sing as one spectacular massed choir with outstanding renditions of The Circle of Life and Torches.

They were complemented by soloists, the school band, guitar quartet and samba group, along with the senior choir and staff singers. Other entertainment came from talented dancers Jessica Jennings and Georgia Gilbert and a short drama piece, ‘Stable Talk’, from teacher Richard Mapletoft. These were interspersed with readings and introductions given by the sixth-form leadership team and Year 7 students.

The night was also a first outing for our fledgling orchestra, led by Trinity’s new music teacher Danielle Brosnan, which played during our congregational hymns and in the lead up to the service.

It has become an annual tradition for the academy to invite an inspirational speaker to give the main address, and this year was no exception as the audience welcomed former professional footballer Darren Moore, the current manager of Doncaster Rovers.

He spoke of his journey from schoolboy to professional footballer, and shared with students what he believed was the key to his continued success: living life without regrets.

Darren recalled being about to leave for a week’s trial at Torquay United. “As I was leaving the house, my dad stopped me and said, ‘Whether it’s one week, one year or 10 years, I want you to come back and tell me you’ve got no regrets.’

“So I went to Torquay and gave it my all. I truly believe that it’s down to those seven days – and my dad’s advice – that I’ve got to where I am now.”

Darren told students: “I’m here today to echo those words to us all in terms of having no regrets. “There’s some amazing talent here, and whatever you desire to be, you can achieve it.”

He left the audience with his favourite Bible verse, from 2 Timothy: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.”