Christmas has well and truly started at Eaton Bray Academy!
On Saturday, we held a very well attended and successful Christmas Fair, which raised a fantastic sum of money for the school. This will be put towards new play equipment, including a new "trim trail" in the new year. Thank you to the PTA for organising such an enjoyable day, and to everyone who supported this event.
Hedgehogs classroom was transformed into Santa's Grotto for the Fair, and still resembled a Winter Wonderland on Monday when the children returned to school. The PTA had kindly left the Elves' Workshop for the children, and they had a lovely time playing in their "Snow House".
The children throughout the school have been busy getting ready for their Christmas concerts, with the younger children rehearsing "The Landlord's Cat", and the older children preparing for their carol concert at St Mary's Church next week. On Wednesday morning, we were visited by the ladies and gentlemen from the "Wednesday Club", who enjoyed listening to the children sing, followed by a cup of tea and a mince pie.
On Wednesday afternoon, the whole school walked down to the church to take part in our annual Christingle service. The children all made their own Christingles, and learnt about the symbolism of each element of the decoration:
- The orange represents the world
- The red ribbon symbolises the love and blood of Christ
- The dried fruit represent all of God’s creations
- The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
As usual, it was a lovely service, and children and adults alike felt quite moved by the sight of our eight hundred year old church lit by flickering candlelight. What a wonderful way to start the festive season.
On Thursday morning it was Badgers Class assembly. The children spoke about all that they have learnt about during this busy term, which has seen them enjoy trips to St Albans and to Amazon as well as visits from Whipsnade Zoo and Affinity Water. They shared videos of some of the Science experiments they have carried out, and displayed their artwork. Everyone was very impressed by how hard the children have been working, and by how well they spoke up in front of their audience.
Next week will be very busy, with a theatre trip and all the Christmas concerts taking place. So much excitement as we approach the end of term!