Lest we forget…
As a school we honoured those who have given their lives in the many wars and conflicts over the years. The day began with all the school gathering at the cenotaph at St John’s Church for a short service at which every class laid a wreath of poppies made by each child. As well as prayers,te remembrance a song and observing the 2 minute silence, we had the Last Post played by a young man, James Marsh, from LRGS.
Later in the afternoon we welcomed over a hundred friends and families of the school to our afternoon of song and poetry as each class entertained us with a song they had learned. We also raised funds for the Royal British Legion.
It was a day on which the children of Ellel St John’s once again acted with respect and reverence for the fallen of the wars.
Ellel St John’s School were delighted to welcome St John’s Parish on Sunday 11th September to celebrate Education Sunday. It was heartwarming to see the school hall packed with children and adults celebrating together. The morning got off to a great start with bacon butties and refreshments before singing and praising filled the air. There were lots of requests for it to happen every month! There are a few photos below.
I can’t think of a better way to start the new school year than to spend the day acting, singing, creating, baking, reflecting, praying and dancing! It was a very special day for all the school as the children took time to find out more about the Eucharist and what it means before preparing and contributing to a moving service, shared by many of our parents and friends.
Special thanks to Craig and Peter, Bishop Graham Dow, Mr Thomas and several parishioners from St John’s for helping us to get to understand and experience this important Christian celebration. Have a look at the photos below for a flavour of the day.
All the children in school experienced a day of quiet reflection and prayer led by members of staff from school and from the parish of St John’s. Prayer Spaces were set up in school and in Church and the children spent time at each space reflecting on things as varied as how wonderful and unique they are to letting go of past hurts and grudges. We had the chance to ask God any question we wanted to and sat back and watched our thoughts and prayers go up to God like the bubbles in the Bubble Tube. When the children walked from school to Church they saw footprints along the way, linking the two places. Our thanks go to the Craig, Helen, Olivia and Adam for their care and support of the children throughout the day. The children’s feedback was overwhelmingly positive with requests for it to be much longer next time!
We were once again treated to a wonderful musical performance from the children who are receiving instrumental tuition. In addition to keyboards, piano, flute and guitar we had our first ever drumming performance – and boy did Harvey and his fellow drummers make an impression! Congratulations to all who took part in this enjoyable performance.
Wow! What truly amazing, talented and brave children we have. The quality of the singing, acting and dancing in the two performances was incredible. Everyone I spoke to after each performance was full of compliments for the children. The man who filmed the play regularly films productions at The Grand and he felt the standard was as high as many of the best adult shows! A local Head of English at a secondary school was blown away by the confidence and performances of the children.
It was a major undertaking for many of the staff who spent hours and hours on everything from props to costumes, scenery to technical details. Thank you to all of you for your dedication and enthusiasm.
As I was only backstage my photos are from there! However more will be coming online soon.
Science Week began with a very exciting day of scientific investigations and workshops as all the children were mixed up together to form new groups of children from Reception to Year 6, Squeals of delight, excitement and awe could be heard around the school as pupils worked together to plan, test, experiment and amaze at the different forces they could create. Have a look at some of the photos from Day 1 of this exciting week.
look at some of the photos from Day 1 of this exciting week.
Members of the Eco and School Council visited London on Thursday 28th April to visit the Houses of Parliament. It was a very long day as we met at Lancaster Station at 7.15am and didn’t return home until 8pm. During the day we travelled on the train, twice on the Tube, on a red London Bus and even a cruise on the River Thames. After a fascinating tour around the Houses of Parliament and a workshop in the new Education Centre and we met our local MP, Cat Smith, who spent 20 minutes with us answering all our questions.
Throughout the long and busy day the children’s behaviour was exemplary – as always. We were very proud of you all.
Our thanks go to Mr Poole, unofficial tour guide for the day, and Mr Thomas, Officer in charge of marching us very quickly, for their good will and good humour.
When we arrived at Westminster we saw a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragette who was a key campaigner in getting the vote for women. All the ‘girls’ had their photograph taken beneath this inspirational woman.
At the end of the our of the Houses of Parliament the group had their photograph taken on the steps of the very famous, one thousand year old, Westminster Hall.
At the end of our workshop Cat Smith, the MP for Lancaster, came and spoke to us for 20 minutes about her life as an MP and answered all our questions. She had left a debate on Autism in the House Of Commons to come and join us so we were very grateful for her time.
It was then on to a picnic in St James’ Park before a walk to see if the Queen was at home in Buckingham Palace – she wasn’t I’m afraid.
( more to come )
The term ended with our Holy Week Service at St John’s Church this morning. The children read and sang beautifully as they re-told the story of this holiest of weeks.
We were overwhelmed with the number of people who came to the Easter Egg Bingo event last evening – the Hall was packed to the rafters. Lots of fun was had by all and an enormous amount of chocolate was won.