We ended our Autumn term with a wonderful Christingle service at church. The children put on a short performance to tell everybody about the meaning of Christingle. The children acted as teachers and pupils in a “lesson”. The children then all sang ‘Away in a Manger’ after they had lit the candles on their Christingles. The parents joined in with two other carols and Reverand Martin talked to the children about how appearances can be deceptive. We all felt very Christmassy after such a lovely ending to our term.
Mr Etherington came to school this week to show us all his birds of prey. Mr Etherington is a falconer. We saw ‘Ghost’, she is a hybrid falcon. She can spot a goose when flying and she dives down to catch it. She is 22 years old. We also met Benny the barn owl who is 7 months old. Benny is a girl and she has spots under her wings. Mr Etherington showed us a 7 year old eagle owl. Eagle owls can live to be 30 years old but they are quite rare now as people have persecuted them in this country. The eagle owl has a wing span of 2metres. Jess, the harris hawk has rounded wings and is a very good hunter. She can see a rabbit from 1 mile away! Harris hawks can live for 20 years in captivity. The children had a wonderful time learning about all these birds of prey.
The Henry Prince School children have been to the “Open Centre” in Normanton, Derby. The Open Centre helps people learn about other faiths.
We walked from the centre to the local mosque and were fascinated to see the similarities between Christianity and Islam. We found out how they pray and celebrate festivals.
We then walked back to the Open Centre where we learnt about Judaism. We tasted bread called Challah and we learnt about Jewish coming of age ceremonies.
We all had a very enjoyable day, as you can see from the pictures.
Police Officer Rich and PCSO Sean visited school today to inform the children about the work they do. The children were able to ask lots of questions and they were all allowed to sit in the police car. They particularly enjoyed switching the sirens and lights on. Some of the children were allowed to try on some of the uniforms. Mr Mayes was handcuffed much to everybody’s delight!
The Henry Prince Bake Off takes place on Monday 22nd of October, followed by coffee and cake sale
We’d like to invite you to come along and buy cakes and refreshments at 3.15 pm – everyone welcome, you don’t need to have children at the school.
The Bake Off is open to pupils and parents with a prize for the winner in each class and one for the parents and guardians. It’s just £1 to enter.