Harvest- and not just food

Last Sunday, over 30 children and 8 members of staff took part in the School Challenge as part of the Oxford half marathon.  It really is one of the highlights of the year for all those taking part. Yes, it was an early start, involving meeting in Oxford at 8.30am. Once again the sun shone and the children (and adults!) really enjoyed being part of the Challenge and running the last mile of their own particular half marathon through and past the cheering crowds lining the streets in  Oxford. The sense of achievement from all taking part was very evident as they crossed the finishing line. In the word of one year 6,” That was really good, I am going to run 3 miles in Fitness Club on Monday.” And he did, along with many others.

Before the FOBPS AGM I was slightly apprehensive about the number of parents who would come to the meeting. I was worrying unnecessarily as we had the largest number we have had for many years at the meeting, including many parents whose children have just started school. It was lovely to see so many people who are willing to give of their time for the benefit of our school.

I always really enjoy the occasions when we are at St. Mary’s Church and the Harvest Service last Friday was no exception. We are very fortunate as a school to receive such wonderful support and once again there must have been at least 150 parents in Church for the Service. There were goods in abundance which have been given to Banbury Young Homeless Project.  It was a wonderful service, with all the year groups providing a different perspective on Harvest around the world and the singing was inspirational. The rendition of the final song, “Africa” will stay in my mind for a very long time.