The season of Advent anticipates the 'arrival of Christ' and is a time in our calendar when we prepare to spend more time with our loved ones as we enjoy the festivities associated with Christmas.  However, this has been a year unlike any other and we may feel that we have already spent a lot of time at home, due to circumstances beyond our control.  However, it is important to remember that those traditions associated with this most important of Christian celebrations, such as keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an advent wreath, putting up a Christmas tree, setting up of Christmas decorations all help to keep our minds focused on the wonderful event celebrated on Christmas Day, the birth of Jesus Christ.

We have put our Christmas tree up in school and are in the process of putting together our virtual Carol concert and will be sending a booklet home with carol lyrics and prayers so that you can join in at home.    We have also produced a special Advent family prayer booklet, which will be sent home for families to use throughout advent, especially if Churches remain closed. 

Our pupils have been inspired by Marcus Rashford's recent campaign for the extension of free school meals and have created a food bank in school which will support 'The Brick' and 'Ashton's food bank'.  We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our school community with so many grocery and other items, which will help families in need at this difficult time.  Our staff are also contributing towards our annual school hampers, which again will go out to families in need to help spread a bit of Christmas joy.

This year's annual CAFOD Carol Service will be a virtual celebration and our pupils have been invited by St John Rigby College to record their performances.  Once I have a date for the release of this video, I will share this news with you, as I know that it will be wonderfully uplifting concert full of love

In these difficult times, we must remember that families throughout the world have been affected by the pandemic and it is more important than ever that we keep our faith and observe our traditions.  Our school community has been reflecting on our collective experience of lockdown with our form prayers and 'thought for the week' themes.  In Advent season, we will be focusing our prayers on those less fortunate than ourselves with the lighting of our advent wreath candles to symbolise Hope, Faith, Joy and Peace.

I would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and let us all hope that the New Year brings us a return to a more normal way of life.

 

 

The Prophets' Candle, symbolizing Hope

The Bethlehem Candle, symbolizing Faith

The Shepherds' Candle, symbolizing Joy

The Angel's Candle, symbolizing Peace

 

Posted by Plennon on 7 December 2020

Category: Headteacher's blog