This week we have focused on the meaning of Advent and the importance of this special time of year. In assembly on Monday (Prep) and Thursday (Pre-Prep), we looked at the Latin meaning of the word, ‘adventus’ meaning ‘coming’. We then unpacked this further and thought about Advent in the following way:
Anticipation: the long awaited arrival of a saviour; the long awaited arrival of the big day and all its excitement.
Decisions: the brave decision of the shepherds to leave their flocks and find the stable; all the decisions that we make about our present giving.
Visitors: the important visit of the wise men; the difference between being a visitor and hosting visitors.
Expectations: did the visitors to the manger expect the scene that they found? What are our own expectations of Christmas?
News: the wonderful news shared by the angels; the news that families often share with their friends at this time of year.
Thanksgiving: Gratitude for everything that Christmas means.
The Rev spoke about Advent during his assembly on Wednesday and then on Thursday the house captains impressed us all with their plans for a ‘reverse advent calendar’. Many of our children were inspired by our visit from the Food Bank so the house captains have set up a reverse advent calendar on the landing in Treliske House. Children are invited to place an item of food each day in one of the big green boxes; this will then be collected by our friends from Food Bank to support those in need this Christmas. The stockings going up the stairs will indicate the type of food that will be welcome. If children cannot bring in an item each day, then just one item will be appreciated. I am extremely proud of the house captains for this initiative and am sure that we will be able to make a difference to a number of families in the Truro area this festive season.
Last Tuesday, we were treated to an incredible performance of The Tempest at The Regal in Redruth. Thirty of our children, from Years 3-6, took to the stage and recreated the most terrifying of storms and then let the story of Prospero and Miranda unfold. One of the most striking aspects of the production for me was the way that the children acted; they did not just deliver their lines loudly and clearly, they completely engaged with their characters and drew the audience in. Included in the production were dance, song, poetry, music and all complemented by the most wonderful costumes. Many thanks to all involved, on stage, back stage and in all the preparation that it takes to produce something as impressive as this event.
The next two weeks are going to be packed with our Christmas preparations and celebrations although plenty of learning will continue to take place, too! I hope all our families in Pre-Prep received the letter summarising the events involving our Pre-Prep children; there will be a Christingle service, the Early Years Nativity Play, a Duvet and DVD party as well as a Night before Advent event. Please also remember that all members of our community are welcome to the 9 Lessons and Carols service at Truro Cathedral on Wednesday 13 of December.