On Friday 17th January the pupils took part in a Christingle service at St Giles Church. The worship included the lighting of the candle, hymns, prayers and readings. Then the children’s Christingles  were lit and a prayer read reminding us of the ‘Light shining into the darkness’.

The symbolic object represents the Children’s Society and money raised from the service helps to make a difference to children facing life’s hardest challenge and can protect vulnerable children at risk on the streets.

The Christingle is a symbolic object that means ‘Christ’s light’. It consists of an orange with a candle held in its centre and a red ribbon around it. The red ribbon goes all round the ‘world’ representing his love and reminding us Jesus died on the cross shedding his blood. Four sticks holding fruit and nuts or sweets are pierced into the orange and have two meanings; the four seasons or the four corners of the world. The sweets, fruit and nuts represent God’s creations that he blessed us with.

The children undertook follow up work to help them understand the impact the donations would make to a child’s life. In class 1 the children compared the impact to the christian value of Hope and made many perceptive suggestions of how the donations could be used.

One child said: “I know that some children might not be able to have a pet like me because it costs money to feed them, but it would be lovely if they could go to a ‘petting farm’ or zoo,  where they could feed and stroke cuddly animals. This would help them to feel happy and cared for.”

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Mon 12th – Lent Afternoon in Church
Tues 13th – Pancake Day Lunch
Fri 16th – Break for Half Term
Mon 26th – Spring Term 2 begins
Tue 27th – Rachel Wilkes from Music Partnership delivering the music curriculum within the school on Tuesdays for 5 weeks. This includes the launch of the Interactive Music Scheme Charanga.

Fri 1st – MAST ~ “Jesus Calms the Storm”
Thur 7th – World Book Day – come to school dressed as your favorite book character.        Challenge – please could you take a photo of your child reading in an unusual place (they don’t have to be in their costume doing this), and send it into school?  

Tues 12th – MAST Hannah Wills ~Easter
Wed 13th – Parents Evening – further information will be provided for this. 
Fri 15th – Red Nose day – Dress in your own clothes with one item of red for a £1 donation per child please. 
Thur 21st – Schools Together – 11am at St Giles Church in Hartington with Biggin Primary School.
Mon 25th – Easter Service 09.30am – location in School unless otherwise advised.
Thu 28th – Break for Easter

Mon 15th – Summer Term 1 begins