We had a wonderful carol service on Wednesday. The choir and Year 6 started us off by singing in Latin, then the whole school joined in to raise the roof with some fantastic carols. Year 6 read beautifully, and Year 5 led us in special prayers for Mrs Arnold and Mr Riordan, and for Aleppo in Syria. It was great to see lots of our parents joining us for this special service.
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Year 6 started by singing ‘Amazing Grace’, a hymn written by John Newton in 1779 after he realised how damaging his job as a slave ship captain had been, and an anthem of people trying to escape slavery all around the world.
Then each class told us what they had learnt about their class value and the person they studied who demontrated that value.
Lulu in Year 5 shared her version of Dr Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech:
I have a dream!
I have a dream that the homeless will find a home, the poor will find a job, the soldiers in war will have God always hovering over them, and prisoners in jail will learn their lessons.
I have a dream that one day the war in Syria will stop and the war will not only end but end in happiness and peace and that the children there will finally return to school.
I have a dream that more people will sit down with the poor and homeless and talk to them and give them their spare change.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that more people will make more shelters for refugees and the world will be peaceful for years to come.
Kirstine reminded us of the story of Joshua, with an amazing colour-changing Bible. Revd Ben talked to us about how God is always with us when we are afraid, as He was with Joshua, and how we can therefore look back and be thankful to God.
The choir sang their first performance piece of the year, written by gospel legend, Kirk Franklin.
Year 6 led our prayers:
Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks during this Harvest time. We give thanks for our friends, family and teachers. We give thanks for life and the freedom to enjoy it and all other blessings.
At this Harvest time we thank you for the world we see around us; for the flowers, the trees and the animals. Bless all those who care for them, Lord. Help us to protect your creation by being careful about how we use your resources.
We pray at this time for those affected by conflict and war. In particular, we send our prayers to those who have fled Syria and now live in homes, churches and camps in the region and across our continent of Europe. Watch over them and may all Syrian refugees find true refuge.
Thank you for the work that the Paddington Food Bank does to help people who don’t have enough food in our area. We hope that the donations we have brought will bring happiness to those who are in need.
On Wednesday, Hannah Kendall visited to talk about how she became a composer, as part of our Black History Month celebrations.
She described the process of writing a piece of classical music (for up to 100 instruments!) and told the children about the opera she has recently written.
Hannah has a passion for encouraging children and young people from a range of backgrounds (particularly girls, who are under-represented in the profession) to explore a career in composition and Music.
Hannah also shared how her faith in God had inspired her and helped her discover her vocation.
The children loved listening to her orchestral piece, which was very dramatic and exciting!
Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome into school football stars Nedum Onuoha and Steven Caulker from Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club. They both spoke about how they had become professional footballers and the importance of their academic schooling in their upbringing. The children asked a range of questions about their lives and careers.
We were also pleased to welcome Year 6 children from Christchurch Bentinck School to join us for this Black History Month Assembly.