At Deal Parochial we have many celebrations and events which reflect and embody our overt Chriristian character.
Many of them follow the Anglican calender and others are key events where the children and adults reflect on aspects of their life and identity, their place in our community or society or ways in which they can affect others’ lives. Below are just a flavour of what we have done this year so far.
On 18th December, Year 3 led our Christingle Service. The children in Year 3 lit Christingles during our collective worship ‘Far From Home.’ They spoke about the Christmas story and the birth of the Prince of Peace and explained how Christian Aid is working towards bringing peace to refugees around the world who have suffered from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters . We sang carols and prayers were said for our school, our community and for those around the world less fortunate than ourselves. Our thoughts are with you all at this time of year.
Friday 13th December was a lucky day for our EYFS & KS1 children as they took part in their annual Nativity Service Celebrations at St Georges. With the help of all the Kings, Shepherds, Angels, Twinkling Stars and some dancing animals, they told the story of Jesus’s Birth through A Wriggly Nativity.
William and Lucy Book Launch
In October Deal Parochial was invited by Rebecca Swansbury (schools Officer for the Diocese of Canterbury) to launch her William and Lucy books.
Through story, images and reflective questions, this book seeks to support teachers and children in planning and leading acts of worship in Church of England Primary Schools.
On Monday 30th September Deal Parochial held their annual Harvest Festival service. For the third year running, the children were all asked to bring in food items to support the local food bank. The parents and children were incredibly generous bringing in over 300 hundred items of food. Father Roger lead us in worship where the children spent time reflecting on all they have, praying for those who were less fortunate than themselves and thanking God for the gifts he gives us. The generosity is a true reflection of how all the children and their families live out our school values.
This month, we welcomed Bishop Oliver to Deal Parochial for the morning. Bishop Oliver served out in Madagascar for 3 years. During assembly, he and Father Roger were impressed by our Year 6’s thought provoking dramatisation of “The Good Samaritan”. Afterwards, Bishop Oliver enthralled the pupils by talking about life in Madagascar. The children then asked lots of questions about the animals, the crops and how “Madagascar came to be”. Bishop Oliver concluded his inspiring visit with a tour of the classrooms when the children had further opportunity to ask him questions.
Every year we recognise Rememberance Day with a special service. We always celebrate the lives of those family members who have died, or are presently serving in the armed services around the world. We also reflect on issues such as rememberance, sacrifice and love.