What a lovely end to our Christmas in school! On Tuesday our KS2 children shared the birth of our Lord through song and scripture in church. Their beautiful singing was so powerful and seemed to fill every corner of the church and when combined with the real emotion of the words spoken by our Year Six children, the whole community was moved. The creation of the Nativity characters with fabric enhanced the journey to Bethlehem and brought God's word to life. I know so many of you were touched by this experience - thank you for your phone calls, cards and e-mails. I am always inspired by the children who bring together the Parish family to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Through ticket sales and donations we have raised over £600 towards supporting Brian House and St Peter's, our link school in Uganda, thank you. In addition the Christmas card donations received in each class totalled £257.30! We are on our way to funding those new toilets and kitchen in Uganda!
It never ceases to amaze me how the story of Our Lord's birth can be told with such emotion and maturity by our youngest children. Every Nursery and Reception child played their part through dance, song and drama, leading the whole audience on a journey to find Jesus in the arms of Mary. We've heard the story so many times but seeing each step through the eyes of a child helps us all to remember the importance of Christmas. I'd like to thank the whole Foundation team who worked together to nurture the children's understanding of this special time. It was lovely to see parents and families delight in watching their little ones bring such joy to everyone.
This morning we shared this same message with our Y1 and Y2 children as they set 'Off to Bethlehem' . I have to say I was absolutely amazed; it was a truly extraordinary performance. The singing, dancing and dramatical timing was a joy to behold, every child acted their hearts out. It would not have been out of place in West End and I know you will all be thoroughly entertained next week. The children will share their story with families next Monday and Tuesday morning at 9.30. Later in the day on Tuesday, down at Our Lady's Church, our KS2 children will be raising their voices in song, telling the story of the Nativity at 2pm and again at 7pm; you are all most welcome.
Over the weekend a variety of decorations appeared in the hall, including a very large Christmas tree, which was beautifully decorated. We have our suspicions that a group of elves were very busy - a wonderful sight to walk into on Monday morning! They had even placed our lovely carved Nativity figures in the worship area together with a marvellous display of our Year 4 children's work; we're still trying to work out how they found the backing paper! They managed to locate our knitted crib figures made especially for us (together with others for classes) by a gorgeous Grandma and they placed a set in the library. What clever elves they were! It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
Each new day at school brings a variety of learning opportunities which provide new and exciting challenges. Watching the children exploring and discovering their world is so precious and I have to say there is no greater joy than to see a child suddenly grasp a skill or concept and begin to apply knowledge and understanding to problem solve. Then there are those magic moments when you stand back with pride to see independent, self assured, confident children achieve great things; I enjoyed such a moment on Tuesday! Watching our dancers light up the stage as they performed at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool was a true delight. After weeks of rehearsals under the expert guidance of Miss Gorst and Mrs Moore they really did steal the show as they danced with great joy, excellent timing and quality movement which thrilled the audience. There were so many of our parents watching and I know you were all amazed at the professionalism of our dancers. Thank you children for making us all feel so proud!
Where does the time go? It's hard to believe that we're fast approaching December and already making preparations for our journey through the special season of Advent. At this time in school, we reflect on how we can make changes within ourselves as we get ready for the birth of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. We also try and find ways to do those little things that make a difference to others needing support and a helping hand. The children always spend time reflecting on how their actions including kindness and alms giving can have an impact.
Watching the children engage with learning around World War 1 has been inspirational. It always amazes me how those so young can put into words what we as adults can find so difficult to communicate. The deep reflections shared across classes have provided so many opportunities for the children to consider the impact sacrifice has had on their own lives and the lives of their families. On Tuesday our Year 4 children wove reflection and learning together in such a beautiful prayerful gathering as they depicted what so many families lost. In creating a visual field of poppies, accompanied by the haunting notes of the Last Post they provided our whole community with a moment of complete unity of grief and hope. Everyone in the hall was moved and left the space with a real sense of what so many gave up or had torn from them so that we might live... Thank you to all those families who were able to share this precious moment with us. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to our learning exploration; accompanying us to the cenotaph and sending in such special items.
It has been lovely welcoming the children back this morning as they have all skipped back into school brimming with stories to tell. The weather has also been kind to us with even a little sunshine! This is always such a busy term with so many learning opportunities and events so please do keep an eye on the diary and weekly news to ensure nothing is missed!