Pre-Prep Harvest Festival

Our much-loved Harvest Festival took place last week on Friday 30th September. The children had been looking forward to the event, having spent the week learning about the relevance of the festival and preparing for it in their classrooms.

Just before lunch on Friday, each class walked to St Peter’s Church via the secret school door! In the children’s hands, were beautiful harvest creations they had crafted in their art lessons that week. Nursery and Reception wore stunning crowns that had been printed using fruits and vegetables, Year 1 carried Autumn Wreaths which were decorated with crunchy leaves and the Year 2 children arrived with origami pumpkins! Each class took it in turns to take their items up to Reverend Manley, who positioned them around the altar and front pews. Mrs Bond carried a huge, plaited autumn loaf that Lara Grant, Elstree’s catering manager, had kindly arranged for the Pre-Prep to have. Even before the service started, the church had come alive. Reverend Manley asked whether she could keep our harvest offerings to decorate the church during the weekend services that she had planned.

We were treated to two wonderful songs in the church and the children listened to a story all about carrots! We all had the chance to thank God for our favourite foods, whether that be doughnuts, juicy apples, or jelly! It was fabulous to see many visitors in the church too for our special celebration and we were very thankful to Reverend Manley for conducting the service for us.

Throughout the week, we also arranged a food collection for West Berkshire Food Bank. We couldn’t believe how generous everyone was and what an array of packets and tins were donated. Well done to all our Pre-Prep families for donating 205.9kg which equates to an amazing 432 meals. Thank you to West Berkshire Food Bank for coming to collect it for us.