Bampton pupils celebrate the harvest festival with special church service
HARVEST celebrations at Bampton Church of England Primary School were rounded off with a special church service.
The school's harvest service took place at Bampton's Saint Michael & All Angels Church on Thursday, October 8 with over 100 pupils taking part and leading singing, poetry and prayers.
Pupils also brought in food from home to be donated to charity.
Reverend Kevin Chandra who is also a governor at the school said: "I thought they were really well organised so full marks to the staff.
"I think the children will take the message of thanks and I think they especially enjoyed rearranging the letters of harvest to create different words.
"They liked the songs, and told lots of poems. It was good to be part of."
Reverend Kevin added that it was good to show that the church was once again at the hub of the community.
"The church is a hub for the community and it's great to see the kids in the school but also to see the church members helping in the school as well.
"Pupils were nice and clear, nice and loud and shared some well written poems about what we are saying thank you to God for.
"I hope they have learnt a lot about where their food comes from and how it's produced."
Head teacher Gary Bladon added: "Our harvest festival gives schoolchildren an understanding about harvest and where their food comes from
"It also gives them an understanding in the world that there aren't people who are as fortunate as us.
"It's also good to give young people the confidence to stand up in church and speak in front of other people while celebrating."
Mr Bladon said it was nice to be at the heart of community and welcomed the support from parents and friends.
"It's really important to make links with Bampton, show that the school is a church school and make the children feel that they are part of the community."