We enjoyed joining in with a Christingle service streamed live from Ely Cathedral on 14th December. We joined with other schools across the East of England to listen to songs and readings and to learn a little bit more about the symbolism of the Christingle.
We were also able to make our own Christingles. Mrs Fewtrell worked really hard to gain some donations from our local Co-op foodstore who provided all of the resources that we needed to make the Christingles.
We have been able to support The Salvation Army in Peterborough's Christmas Present Appeal this year. Once again, we are so grateful for all of the donations of gifts that we were able to take to The Salvation Army. These gifts are being distributed to families in Peterborough who require a little extra support at this time of year.
Here's a short video from Majors Gary and Lorraine Chaundy from Peterborough Citadel Salvation Army in response to our giving.
What a generous donation from Eye C of E Primary School to our local foodbank! Mrs Fewtrell delivered the items that were donated and we were able to collect more than 220kg of food which will go towards supporting people who are in need in our city. Thank you all for your giving.
We're having to be even more creative in our preparations for Harvest this year as we are unable to join together as a school at St. Matthew's as we usually would. Mrs Bright, Rev'd. Hurst, Mrs Fewtrell and other members of the church school group have been working hard to prepare a virtual Harvest which will involve members of our church as well as children and staff in school.
This year we will be collecting food donations for our local foodbank. A letter has gone out to parents via parent mail with further details. Mrs Fewtrell has also put together a short video to explain more about this. Click the following link to watch the video.
Harvest- Foodbank Launch
Mrs Fewtrell explains a little more about why we're collecting donations for our local foodbank as part of our Harvest celebrations this year.
We have been thinking about our Christian Value of Community in our Collective Worship this half term.
Whilst thinking about loving our neighbours, Koalas class have written this beautiful prayer.
Good Neighbours Prayer
Even when it is difficult, give us the strength we need to:
Love our kind neighbour,
Our helpful neighbour,
Our upset neighbour,
Our friendly neighbour,
Our tall neighbour,
Our poorly neighbour.
And in so doing to follow the example of Jesus your son,
Who loved with an everlasting love and gave his life for the world.
God of love,
Hear our prayer
07/10/19 Our amazing Church Ambassadors planned and delivered a wonderful Harvest Church Service on Monday. It was wonderful to see so many family and friends joining us in worship on this special occasion. Harvest is a key part of our focus on Thankfulness; we offer our thanks for the food which is so plentiful and we show our gratitude through our donations to the food bank. Our Christian Value of Thankfulness in action!
Annual Service of Dedication and Thanksgiving for Diocesan Schools Thursday 26th September 2019
Church Ambassadors Report: Maddison, Oliver and Grace
On Thursday 26th September, the Church Ambassadors visited the cathedral. They enjoyed it throughout the whole service. We are very grateful that we could go to this special service with the other church schools. Thank you!
18/12/18 Today the whole school attended St Matthews Church for our Christmas Services. Our Church Ambassadors led the services absolutely wonderfully and made us all very proud. Years 3 and 6 also did a tremendous job of leading aspects of our worship inlcuding telling the story of the nativity, sharing about Christmas during World War 2 and reading their own prayers. This was the perfect way to finish the term and prepare for Christmas.
30/11/18- What a fantastic afternoon we have had! Our friends from St Matthews came and taught us all about the Christingle and then we all made one to take home! We also learned a new Christingle song, thanks to John and his guitar. Thank you so much to our volunteers. The local Co-op store very kindly donated all the oranges and candles which we needed, and St Matthews Church funded the other resources. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to both establishments for their generosity in supporting our Christingle event.
23/11/18 Thank you so much to all parents, friends and family for your wonderful generosity for Operation Christmas Child. We handed over 86 boxes! 86 children will now have a Christmas gift thanks to you all. We really appreciate your kindness and compassion at Christmas time.
09/11/18 We held our Remembrance Service in school today, with Mr Montgomery from St Matthews here to worship with us. The Church Ambassadors planned and led today's worship.
On Monday 8th October, we held our two harvest festial services at St Matthew's Church. Year 1 performed the song Bean Harvest wonderfully. Then we had a splendid poetry recital from Year 5. Year 4 wowed us all with a rendition of Let it Grow (better than the original!) and finally year 5 wrote incredibly thoughtful prayers.
Thank you so much to all of our children and parents/carers for their very kind and generous donations to the food bank. All of these bags were delivered this week and were gratefully received. Thank you to Mrs Fewtrell for her delivery service!
Harvest festival 08/10/18: Harvest festival is a time for us to thank God for providing the food which grows on Earth. We thank the farmers who gather in the crops. We think about and pray for those people who do not have as much food to eat as us.
Harvest Festival Church Service
Our two harvest festivals will be taking place at St Matthews Church on Monday 8th October 2018.
Parents of children leading the worship (listed below) are warmly invited to join us. We have sent invitations, so please check bookbags and return your RSVPs!
Service 1 at 9.30am (led by Mrs Brough)
Service 2 at 10.30am (led by Miss Scane)
On Thursday 27th September, Jenny from Operation Christmas Child came to assembly and told us all about the Shoebox Campaign. She showed us a video about the impact these gifts have on the children who receive them She showed us what can (and cannot) go in shoeboxes this year with some help from two of our children! It was an opportunity to reflect in how lucky we are in this country; to give thanks for what we have and to pray for those less fortunate than ourselves. You will be receiving a letter with more information in due course.
September 2017 We had our Church Afternoon when the volunteers from St Matthews came in to work with classes to share about the litiurgical calendar. That sounds complicated but what it really measn is why we have different colours in church at different times. Mr Hurst also led collective worship where he showed us the different clothes that he wears.
14th June 2017: Mrs Jessup came to lead collective worship today. It was all about transformers- how we can be a transformer of others through our behaviour and actions.
Advent 2016: Our friends from St Matthews came into school to teach us about advent and one the traditions of this time; the Jesse Tree. Here are the Jesse Trees we made in our classrooms over the period of advent.
Peace Doves made by the children Dec 15
Christmas Church Service 2015
On December 4th, we welcomed volunteers from St Matthews Church for a whole-school Christingle celebration. Each volunteer shared the Christingle with a pair of year-group classes, explaining the importance of the symbols and why Christians make a Christingle at this time of year.
The children then made their own Christingle to take home and share what they had learned with their family.
Thank you very much to Mrs Fewtrell for organising things at Church and to all the volunteers who made it such a wonderful afternoon:
- Miss Booth
- Mrs Newman
- Mr Montgomery
- Mr Stevens
- Mr Kaye
- Mrs Fewtrell
- Mr Hurst
The Christingle was supported by two generous local supermarkets. Thank you to Morrisons on Lincoln Road and Sainsbury's on Oxney Road for their very kind donations. They get a huge amount of requests for help, so we are incredibly grateful to have been chosen to receive the donations.
It was a fantastic way to start our Christmas celebrations at Eye CE Primary School.
Ask your children to tell you about their Christingle. You could even make another at home together!
Thank you to all children and parents/carers for your kind donations for Operation Christmas Child this year. We made 79 boxes! That means 79 children will know that someone from the Christian community around the world cares about them . Huge thanks to Mrs Fewtrell for taking the boxes to the drop off, and to her daughters for helping unload them!
On 11th November, we held a very special collective worship of remembrance in honour of Armistice Day. Mr Kaye led the service. We joined the country in the two minutes silence then heard beautiful prayers written by our year 3 and 4 children. It was a very social time spent in reflection on how lucky we are today because of those who have given their lives in conflict.