Our school community here at Ellel St John’s has indeed prepared a way for the Lord this advent. Through events and activities, in both the parish and the community, we hope we have shown our children the true meaning for the celebrations this Christmas and that we have helped to share some of that message with those around us.
Our celebrations began on the 2nd December as we all got into the Christmas spirit and enjoyed our traditional Decoration Day events which helped to turn the school into a sparkling and colourfully festive place to be.
The two Christingle services saw the children telling the story of Christmas in song, word, music and drama and they were beautiful acts of worship completely led by the children themselves.
Our Christmas Fair was a real success helping to raise valuable funds whilst helping to further develop the sense of community here at Ellel.
Mrs Padfield took the choir to sing at two local gatherings – firstly at Hillcroft Home and then to the Golden Gates afternoon at the village hall. Needless to say they were warmly greeted and appreciated at both venues.
The children from Acorn, Beech and Holly class put on two funny and entertaining performances of The Whoops-a-Daisy Angel which brought smiles all around to the families and friends of those watching. At the Christingle Services and the Nativity Services a collection was made for the Children’s Society and the Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service. Due to the generosity of the school community we sent £150 to the Children’s Society and the Rotakids presented LDHAS with a cheque for £255.
On Sunday 18th December we welcomed the community of St John’s Church here into school for their Sunday Service of Carols and Communion. The hall was full of families and children celebrating the season and awaiting the birth of Jesus.
Finally on our last day of term we held a service of Good News at St John’s Church as we counted down the last few days before we celebrate the birth of our King – as well as waiting for Father Christmas!
Well we didn’t win but we were proud to be nominated and receive a Highly Commended certificate! It was an inspiring evening listening to all the fantastic work that takes place in our primary and secondary schools and hearing about the inspirational children, young adults and staff that work with them.
I was a proud headteacher sat with the children and parents who had been nominated for their Rotakids work. You are an inspiration to me and the school community for all that you do.
It was a morning to remember as many of us had set our alarm clocks to go off a little earlier than usual so that we could be in school to welcome the Radio Lancashire Breakfast Show with Graham Liver.
A very big thank you to Julie and Beanie for preparing the sausage and bacon rolls:
Thank you to the parents from the Friends of Ellel who arrived earlier than most to prepare the refreshments:
A big thank you to the rest of the Thomas family who came and helped to make and serve the pancakes – all 300 of them!
And finally…… we tried to work our breakfasts off with a little wake and shake!
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.