We will be celebrating Las Posadas again as part of our Advent preparations. The ‘Holy Family’ were brought to our class liturgies by our chaplains and blessed, ready to start their journey visiting your homes. The children will take turns to take Mary, Joseph and the donkey home during Advent to give them a home for the night.
Following our extremely successful sponsored walk last term we had a visit from School in a Bag charity so we could pack the school bags we bought – 65 of them! The Year 6 chaplains helped set up the assembly line and children from years 2 & 3 packed a bag each. Each bag has exercise books, stationery, a lunch box, spork, water bottle, toothbrush and toothpaste, flannel. Each bag is individually numbered so we should be able to track them and see the children who have received them. Our bags are going to children in Haiti.
Last Friday, our pupil chaplains organised our annual Hats on for the Homeless event to support St. Mungo’s. Although we were few, we still managed to raise around £70 by wearing our hats and eating cake! We know some of our pupils at home were also wearing their hats whilst they worked. Well done and many thanks!
Year 6 chaplains and happy helpers packing the next figures for our family nativity sets and also a Christian Aid candle shield and reflection ideas for the Christmas period. These will be coming home on the last day of term. Happy Christmas to everyone!
Our school chaplains stayed after school to set up and decorate Christmas trees in each of our classrooms.
Our chaplains prepared and led some lovely class reflections linked to St Valentine, the people whom we love and who love us, and God’s deep love for us.
Our school chaplains have been busy preparing greetings cards for our school community and parish and sorting and making goods ready for ‘Hats on for the Homeless’ fundraising for St Mungo’s in February.
Our pupil chaplains have been busy writing Christmas cards for all our volunteers, and for parishioners who live on their own or have illness. We are hoping some of them might like to come to visit us for tea when the weather is a little warmer.
This poem was written by year 6 and read by the school chaplains at church and outside the Co-op on Global Climate Day (see this post)
It starts with one….
It starts with one planet – one life,
With one realisation, one light bulb moment,
With one person who loves and respects,
With one friend, one world leader,
With one conversation, one team, one action
With one wish for a better future.
Preserving one rainforest, planting one tree,
Protecting one orang-utan, releasing one rhino,
Providing one village pump, saving one ice cap,
Taking one stride, sharing one car.
One lifetime together –
Caring for our common home.
Last week, representatives from year 5 and 6 visited St Mary’s and St Mark’s churches to talk to their church committees about how our school is helping to look after the environment and support people in our world who do not have the same opportunities as many of us. They also represented the school at the town Civic Service on Sunday – where they read a poem about the environment written by year 6. A big thank you to them for some excellent public speaking and for giving up their time during the evenings and weekend.