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05 October
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A HARVEST OF OUR TALENTS – CELEBRATION AT ST.PAUL’S CHURCH

This year’s Harvest Festival took place again at St. Paul’s Church down the hill in Sandgate Village, yesterday morning, Thursday 5th October.

With two separate celebrations for KS1 and KS2, it was a really special community event, with especially wonderful singing this year, led by our local curate, Kate McNeice, who is a regular visitor and a much-valued contributor to our school.  The Theme this year was

A HARVEST OF OUR TALENTS :  ‘Recognising the gifts in ourselves and the gift in others’

This gave us all an excellent opportunity to really get to know our pupils and their talents at this early stage in the school year. In preparing the children for the Harvest celebration, we explored the question: ‘What are you good at?’

We looked at the way that everyone is good at something, whether it be in sporting talents, musical talents, cooking, art, being a kind and caring person, a good communicator, being someone that others can trust,  someone that makes others feel good about themselves, being a good listener and so on.

We also investigated some of the more unusual talents that children within our classes have.

Furthermore, we explored the importance of recognising the talents of each other. Sometimes it takes us time to recognise these and it is all about learning about who we are and our own development. Others may be particularly good at recognising these before we even know them for ourselves, as we grow up.

The way we use them and share them with others is important and part of our own moral set of values.

Values are a really important focus here at our school.

Down at the church, we shared what we had learnt and celebrated this through drama sketches, songs, poetry, artwork and some really touching short musical recitals (on a range of instruments, including the guitar, clarinet, trumpet, ocarina and piano).

It was a unique and very happy occasion.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Rigden, who accompanied the children’s singing on the pianoforte so masterfully, as well as Kate McNeice for leading the celebrations and making us so welcome AND all the parents who walked down to the church and back with the children!  

Mr G.J. Sharp (Harvest Festival Co-ordinator)

    

 
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