King's Hawford

17 September

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival is an opportunity to give thanks for a successful crop yield; it is also about giving thanks for all the good and positive things in life. After the two brilliant Harvest Festivals that took place at King’s Hawford today, we are incredibly grateful for our wonderful school community, the beautifully decorated harvest boxes and the kindly donated produce. It has been a joy to welcome parents back to The Barn to watch our Harvest Festivals.

Proceedings kicked off with our Pre-Prep children, who delighted the audience with their brilliant performances. Year 1 and Year 2 gave a rousing rendition of ‘The Sun Came Shining Down’ before Year 3 read an extract from ‘The Tale Of Peter Rabbit’.

Reception’s performance had a shaky start but it was third time lucky as they captivated the audience with a lively version of ‘Dig, Dig, Diggin’. It was a very impressive first King’s Hawford performance from Reception who are only just finishing their second week at school. The children have practised hard in their music lessons and it was wonderful to see them join in with the rest of Pre-Prep. Year 2 and Year 3 impressed the audience with their reading of the poem Autumn Bounty. All of the children read with an air of confidence and maturity beyond their years.

The children then listened intently as Mr Roberts reflected on the purpose of Harvest Festival and encouraged the children to reflect on all that the earth gives us and ways we can look after the earth as well as we can for another year. Mrs Phillips gave words of thanks, reminding all those present of the importance of being grateful. The event concluded with a collective hymn ‘Now It’s Harvest Time, Give Thanks’.

After lunch Years 4, 5 and 6 gathered in The Barn for their Harvest Festival. We were incredibly lucky to have been joined by Dr Reverend Richard Johnson, a regular visitor to King’s Hawford, who shared his thoughts about Harvest with the children. Year 6 performed several pieces on the Harvest alphabet, reaping what you sow and the harvest and our world. Year 4 and Year 5 were in fine voice adding the musical element to the service.

Special thanks must go to our supportive parent body who have assisted in the production of the colourful array of Harvest Festival boxes, provided the generous contents of the boxes and ensured the children were dressed in their finest farming outfits. All of the donations will be taken to the Worcester Food Bank on Monday 20th September, as part of our ongoing relationship with them. Three members of Year 6 deserve special recognition: Anya R, Florrie C and Charlotte B all recently had birthdays and asked for donations to the food bank instead of gifts. Thanks to thoughtfulness and the generosity of the Year 6 Group, they raised a substantial amount of money and a number of bags of food for this great cause.