Both people and shoeboxes were packed into Chapel this morning for our Prep Harvest Celebration. A massive thank you to everyone who contributed to a record-breaking 443 Christmas shoeboxes!

We began our service with a short shoebox story about a little boy called Denis from Honduras. When he received his box he couldn’t believe it! Inside was a toy he had wanted for some time …..Woody from Toy Story. His box helped him to understand a little more of God’s love for him and that someone, somewhere in the world cared about him. We are excited to think that our boxes will bring such joy to the children who receive them.

We welcomed back to Chapel Canon Stewart Jones, a Governor and former parent who encouraged us to overcome greed by finding ways of being thankful for what we have and looking to share with others.

A special thanks to Mr Nicklin, Mr Hardy and the Chapel Choir for the beautiful singing of John Rutter’s Anthem, “Look at the World” and to our team of Vice House Captains for their readings, prayers and help in the collecting of the shoeboxes.

We took time on our service to hear the exciting news that the toilet blocks in Malawi are complete and much appreciated by all.

My thanks to the whole school family for your very generous giving towards so many worthy causes.

CHAPLAIN

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PRE-PREP HARVEST SERVICE
Grow-Care-Share

Many parents, grandparents, family and friends squeezed into Chapel yesterday to enjoy a very lively Harvest Celebration.

My thanks to Miss Pardoe for all her hard work in preparing a feast of Harvest songs for the children to sing, including “The Bean Song”, a humorous little number beautifully sung by Reception and a “Harvest Song of Thanks” sensitively performed by the choir.

Our Year 2 children told the stories of Stan the sower and his seeds, the four Men who cared about their sick friend and the lady who shared her precious ointment with Jesus. Well done, Year 2.

Each story helped us to remember that Jesus wants to sow his seeds of kindness, love, thankfulness, forgiveness and many more in our hearts. We hope that we will look after the seeds so that they grow to become a “stupendous” harvest of good fruit.

A big thank you to the teachers who competed in our “How to carefully peel an apple “ game and to those brave parents who participated with great enthusiasm in the “How to share a strawberry lace “game!

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone for the large harvest of food brought into school ready for us to donate to the Karis Neighbourhood Scheme and to all who have helped to fill a Christmas Shoebox. Our Harvest Service collection of £271 will bear much fruit as we help to fund the education of children in Jalo Primary School Gambia. Next term we look forward to hearing more from Mrs Jubb and Miss Barrett about their planned visit in February 2017.

Many thanks to you all.

CHAPLAIN

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TRANSITION HARVEST

This was a real treat and thoroughly enjoyed by many Transition parents and grandparents. The children were delightfully enthusiastic in participating in their Harvest celebration as they helped Chaplain to unpack her special Harvest Sack.

There were many smiling faces and waving arms as they sang their special Harvest Songs. We heard how the farmer scatters his seeds, and listened as they sang about all sorts of beans …..this was clearly their favourite.

After hearing the story of the little boy who shared his packed lunch with Jesus, we thanked God for providing our food each day and thanked Him that we can share our harvest with those less fortunate than ourselves.

My thanks to Mrs Whitehouse and our Transition teachers for preparing the children for such a lovely occasion.

Many thanks to all who have helped to bring in such a bumper harvest ready to donate to the Karis Neighbourhood Scheme.

Well done, Transition!

CHAPLAIN