Counting down to Christmas at St Peter's Droitwich CofE Academy
The pupils at St Peter’s are all currently involved in an alternative advent as they countdown to Christmas.
The Jesus And Me (JAM) group met to plan advent with a focus on acts of kindness and Christian values. Their plans included a display Christmas tree in every classroom and all the children being involved by decorating a bauble to hang on their class tree. However, these were baubles with a difference. On the reverse of each bauble there would be a value such as friendship, peace, courage, forgiveness.
Each day, the numbered bauble is turned over and an act of kindness or value is revealed. At the end of each day, the children agree and celebrate the classmate who has demonstrated that value during the day.
Miss Importante, Reception class teacher and member of JAM Group, said, “This year, our advent is about giving rather than receiving and is the perfect way to encompass the spirit of Christmas and the values that underpin all we do in school. The children have enjoyed all aspects of this advent, from decorating and choosing values through to celebrating their classmates. It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the kindness of all our children and shows how little acts of kindness can make a big difference.”
The school is also reaching out to the community with acts of kindness. Christmas packs containing Christmas decorations made by the children, poems and prayers written by the children and a CD of songs recorded by the children will be sent out to some of the local care homes and local parishioners. Mrs Mills, the Deputy Headteacher, has arranged a Collective Worship via Teams with the residents of Droitwich Mews to take place on Monday 14th December, when Year 2 will be singing, reading poems and prayers.
Children of EYFS have written letters of thanks to those that help us, including the police, a hospital unit and a care home.
Photographed here are some of the advent trees and decorations to be included in the Christmas packs.