This week, we were all able to visit the HOPE lettering in the church yard in our bubbles to hang our prayers of hope on. It was a really special time to discuss what we are hopeful for this year and a lot of the children reflected on the hopes they have for COVID-19 reducing and enabling them to meet with their much missed friends and families. Rev Julie has also left some templates by the lettering so that friends from the congregation and village and also write a prayer to hang up, alongside all the children’s, so the whole community can be involved. This week, we also watched our virtual Easter Service which the whole school joined in with. We hope you enjoy it!
On Wednesday 11th November, the whole school paused to visit the church grave yard and place crosses at a war memorial grave. The children, along with Rev Julie, went with their teachers to have a two-minute silence to remember those who fought for peace and for the long-lasting peace we are fortunate enough to have in our country. Mr Gray also put a wreath on the memorial in the village with a message which some Year 6s wrote, in memory of the bravery and courage of the soldiers.
We linked Remembrance Day in with our value this term of Generosity and Willow Class thought about this during their Spiritual Journal time in school. They focused on how soldiers in WW1 and 2 showed generosity and bravery by fighting for us to be able to live in peace.
St. Mary’s School Nativity 2018
Acting Head of School
…that was the name of this year’s nativity and Superstars they were – all of them! This lovely story about the true meaning of Christmas was told by the whole school, through song, actions and words. To a packed church for both performances the children demonstrated their ability to learn a lot of songs and words as well as their admirable confidence to perform in front of others. We love this time of year and listening to the children joining in with every word we know they do too. Do enjoy watching this film of the performances put together by our very willing parent volunteer Mr Martin – Lawrence – thank you!
Today we each carried a cross, marked with the name of a victim of the war from Hartfield. The children amazed us with the respect and reverence they showed as they walked through the Churchyard, past some of the heroes’ graves stones, and then, led by James Castle, each laid a cross at the village War Memorial. The crosses have been left on display for us all this Remembrance weekend.
t was lovely to see so many parents and friends of the school at our Harvest Service today. Reverend Julie and Katrina led us in thanks and inspired us with the theme of generosity. Thank you to all those who sent in harvest gifts. Tony Cox from the East Grinstead foodbank came to talk to us all and let us know about the work that goes on there and how they are able to help so many local people in need. The children sang beautifully throughout the service and we are all now going around with the ‘Harvest Samba’ in our heads!