St John’s today had a successful Red Nose Day with lots of funny faces and red noses hanging about. The children were all dressed in red clothes. A huge thank you to the school councillors (including myself) for coming to school at 8:15 to raise money in the morning and staying at school until 3:30 the raise money after school. Thank you to all of the parents and children who donated to red nose day funds at school as it makes a massive difference to the comic relief funds, and remember, every penny that you have donated today is another penny as the UK Government are going to double the money that we have raised today. Even if you didn’t donate to us today thank you as well for coming in in red clothes and if you bought an red nose any where that’s still money donated. Once again a big thank you to the school councillors and everyone else who contributed today to red nose day.
The Nursery and Foundation Show ‘Angel Express’ told the story of a group of angels reading about Mary and Joseph who then practiced their song about the wonderful news.
The Key Stage One Show Mary’s Midwife Crisis told the story of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem whilst their very ‘helpful’ midwife and donkey tried to prepare for the arrival of the new baby to be born.
Our silver collection at the end of each performance raised over £440. The School Council are very grateful for all of the donations given; they will decide which charity to donate the money to in the New Year.
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
Both children and adults dressed up as superheroes on Friday to raise money for Children in Need. Some adults and children even wore their underpants on the outside of their clothes!
The School Choir were particularly busy in the evening, performing a number of times live on the national and local Children in Need programme. They have also appeared in the Telegraph and Argus newspaper too! You can watch the choir perform by clicking the link below.
Well done everyone who took part; we raised over £440 for Children in Need.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35