On the last day of term before the Easter holidays, we had a fantastic day at school.
We had a special service at church in the morning which was followed by an Easter bonnet parade back at school. It was so lovely to see so many fantastic bonnets that the children had made at home.
The winners of the bonnet parade were:
Y5 - Molly
Y4 - Gethin
Y3 - Sophie
Y2 - Robin
Y1 - Louis
YR - Chloe
After that, a special visitor came to school - THE EASTER BUNNY! He hid lots of creme eggs around the school and we all went on a hunt to find them.
Finally, KS2 had an Easter experience at school. Volunteers from Offenham Church came into school to be 'talking statues' and recount the events of the special Christian festival.
On 5th March 2019, the children celebrated Shrove Tuesday. They began the day with a special assembly with Mrs Gray learning about the importance of Shrove Tuesday to Christians.
The children then had lots of fun flipping pancakes and eating them. Thank you to Mrs Webb and Mrs Cole who volunteered along with Mrs Walker to run this session.
On Wednesday 6th March 2019, the children had a special assembly with Father Timothy.
He came in to share an Ash Wednesday service with us and to tell us about the importance of this time to Christians. Ash Wednesday is a time to think about God's love and the way that He forgives us when we are sorry for the wrong things we may have done.
Father Timothy demonstrated this by leading us in prayers of confession. He screwed up pieces of paper as he prayed about the wrong things we may have done and then put them in a bowl. He set the pieces of paper alight and amazingly they disappeared without a trace. This showed us that God will forgive the wrong thngs we do and He will choose to forget them. Our wrongdoings are no more when we say sorry.
Children and adults were then invited, if they wanted to, to have an ash cross on their forehead. This is a traditional symbol for Ash Wednesday.
On February 28th we had a special ceremony to open our new Reflection Garden. We opened our garden in memory of and in celebration of our lovely Teaching Assistant, Mrs Vigoureux. She would have celebrated her 60th birthday on that day and would have absolutely loved the space we've created.
We held a short service in school where we thought about the poem 'The Dash' and we celebrated together the ways that Mrs Vigoureux spent her 'dash' and how she inspired us. We also sang her favourite song - All things bright and beautiful.
We then went outside to the garden where Toby and Oliver cut the ribbon into the garden. We held a 'bubble reflection' in the garden and had such fun with the bubbles as we gave thanks for and celebrated Mrs Vigoureux's life and for all that we share as a school family.
Our thanks go to the wonderful team of parents who helped raise money for the project and for those who worked hard to paint and plant the garden. We are so grateful for all your support.
We would also like to thank Tesco for their contribution to the project through the 'Bags for life project'.
Huge thanks go to Maurice, our groundsman and his team for working so tirelessly to get it all done in time.
We all look forward to spending many happy hours in the garden.