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Friday, 9 December 2016

FS2 Forest school Christmas

The FS2 children took part in an RE activity where they looked at Christmas items that Father Christmas had delivered in a sack to Mrs B. 

Each item had a gift tag on it explaining how that item could help people to remember the real meaning of Christmas. The children were then invited to create one of the items using the natural materials in the forest. 

Many chose to make stars, some found a stick in the shape of a shepherd's crook, wreaths, bells and angels were made as well as a manger for the baby.

A Christmas experience

Today we enjoyed exploring, through the eyes of the main characters, the Christmas story.

We got to meet Joesph, Mary, a shepherd and a king. All of whom gave us an insight into what their experiences were as the story unfolded.

We had the time to reflect and discuss certain questions and enjoyed a very amusing rendition of the twelve days of Christmas!

We were reminded of God's love for us and caught some of the awe and wonder of the first Christmas.

Many thanks to the Holy Trinity team for sharing this with us, we really enjoyed the experience.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

A time of waiting

As we move through advent, we are reminded of the fact that in all of the busyness it is vital that we stop to reflect and consider what the advent journey is really all about.

In school our main corridor contains one of our reflective displays. It is based on one of my favourite carols - In the bleak mid winter. This song evokes so much nostalgia for me. As a child I loved my time in the Church choir especially at Christmas.

Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve was always a highlight - we got to stay up really late! One of the main challenges for the evening was trying to wish everyone Merry Christmas the moment the clock struck twelve. This always happened in the middle of the sermon and as choristers we were on full display to the rest of the congregation, so we had to ensure that we did not cause a distraction. The fear of the wrath of the Choir master always kept us in check, but on this night we were always willing to push our luck!

But the real moment when the magic of Christmas really sunk in, was during communion when the choir would sing a number of carols. In the Bleak Mid Winter was a favourite of the Choir master and we sang it every year.

It is a song that encapsulates what is really at the heart of the Christmas story

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

But in addition to that it brings us to the core of our response to this amazing truth.

What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.

As we journey through Advent, let us take the time to stop and reflect on what the Christmas story means for us.

The star shone in the Christmas sky to bring light into the world, may this Christmas, that light bring us comfort, hope and peace.

LOROS concert at Leicester cathedral

We were very proud on Monday evening to have our school orchestra invited to perform at the LOROS fundraising event at the Cathedral.

Yet again the children's performance brought enthusiastic applause and many accolades after the service. They perform at such a high level for a primary school and every one of them should be very proud of their acheivement,including Mrs B the creative inspiration behind the music.

Next week we will also be performing at St James the Greater Church for the Rainbows fundraising event - another evening of Christmas magic for a very good cause to look forward to.

KS1 Christmas part 2

So the final curtain has fallen on this year's production for KS1. It was yet again a memorable event, with so many memories created of very special children, performing with enthusiasm the Christmas story.

As ever, no performance was the same, the little 'unplanned' bits made us laugh and we all certainly caught some of the awe and wonder that is Christmas.

A huge thank you to all the staff that worked so hard to bring this together. There is already so much going on in school that their creativity and commitment to bringing this off is something very special indeed.