Reception would like to say a big thank you to Father David for teaching them all about the special meaning of a Christingle. The children listened really carefully as he explained the meaning of each part and then followed instructions extremely well to make their own. It was a lovely experience to light the candles altogether and say prayers to help us remember children less fortunate than us at Christmas. Reception would also like to thank William, the church organist who travelled all the way from Barnsley to play Christmas carols as we worked.
A Christingle consists of:
* an orange, which represents the earth;
* a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Christ;
* dried fruits skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons; and
* a lit candle pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world.
‘Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”‘ Luke 2:13-14
The whole school came together this morning to celebrate our Harvest Festival. We were visited by Frances Atkins from the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank who gratefully received our food donation to help families in need. She was also delighted to accept a cheque for over £500 from money raised by our School Council and some bake sales in Key Stage Two!
The School Choir also sang to two songs, Lean On Me and Love Can Build A Bridge. Francis explained that the logo for the Bradford Food Bank has a bridge on it with two people meeting, one giving food to the other.
Click below to hear a preview of two of their Autumn Songs.
Year 6 led the assembly in preparation for their Harvest Worship at St Christopher’s Church on Sunday. The School Choir will also be singing some songs on Sunday too! Everyone is very welcome to come along too.
On Thursday 13th February, year four held a bake sale to raise money for St. John’s Church. We had a huge quantity of baked goodies brought in by parents and staff which allowed us to raise a huge £300! This was donated to the church on Education Sunday.
We would like to say a great big thank you to everyone who donated baked goods and bought something for our bake sale.
As part of our RE lessons, year 3 took a walk up the road to St John’s Church. We were looking for all the ‘Christian Artifacts’ we had been learning about in class. Whilst we were there, we spent some time looking at the lovely bright stained glass windows. Did you know that one window that used to be in the church is now in our school hall?
Thank you to Father David for sharing his time and stories with us.
On the 14TH October, a woman called Francis from the Bradford Food bank came to visit us. She came to collect our food that we have bought with the £161 we raised.
At 13 o’clock, Francis came in to collect the food and to collect the £400 cheque. We started by getting a photographer (Rhys) to take a picture of Femi giving Francis the cheque. Unfortunately, the picture was slightly blurred, however we realised that after Francis had left. We took it in the same place all staff and school council – in front of the main entrance. Francis was pleased with all the money, as many people would be fed using the money.
Then we watched the video about the food bank that St Christopher’s computer refused to play. We tried to watch it in the library; however, that computer refused to play it too. We had to disturb a year 4’s ICT lesson to watch the video. The video was the third copy Dawid had made because of a disturbing wind sound.
When that was over Femi, Hannah, Aaron, Megan Wright, Emily, Devin and I loaded the food into Francis’ car. We had bought so much food it took 3 trips. We bought tinned hot dogs, corned beef, jam and peanut butter. It just only fitted in the boot of Francis’ car and that was when the back seats were down!
That was the second time we have collected for the food bank and made many people’s lives happier with a bag of food. One bag of food can be like an extra Christmas to some people, especially if you are starving.