School Harvest Festival 2021 Arrangements

Our school Harvest Festival will be taking place on Thursday 30th September, 9am at St George’s Church, Lower Brailes.

Children

We would like children to be dropped off at church from 8.45am on the morning of the Harvest Festival. Children who travel on the school bus will be dropped off and met by school staff at the church. Children who are booked to attend Breakfast club on Thursday will be walked down to church by school staff for the service. The service should last about half an hour. All children will be walked back to school after the service by school staff.

Children will sit in class groups at the front of the church with school staff and should join their class group at the front of the church, with their coats, bags and harvest donations as soon as they arrive at church.

Children in Owls and Badgers class will be in school PE kits with a school jumper/cardigan for the service. Children in Reception and Rabbits class will be in school uniform. All children will need to bring a coat to church with them please.

If your child is booked to attend the after school Forest School club on Thursday this week, please bring clothes and footwear in a bag for the Forest School session into school on Wednesday this week, to be left in school overnight so they can change into Forest School clothes on Thursday after the church service, when back at school. Please do not bring bags of Forest School clothing and wellies to church on Thursday morning!.

Harvest Donations

Children are invited to bring canned foods as Harvest gifts to the church service which will be donated to the Shipston Foodbank. At present, the Foodbank is particularly requesting the donations of these items: tinned soup, tinned meat, tinned fish, baked beans, tinned tomatoes, pasta sauces, rice pudding, tinned fruit, but will welcome donations of all dried/canned foods.

Family Attendance

We are very, very fortunate that St George’s Church building is so large and spacious and this means on this occasion, we are able to invite up to two places per family to attend the service. Family members can sit together in pews, but spread out from other families within a pew, in line with church COVID risk assessments. Family members attending are asked to sit further back in the church from the children or in the side isles. The wearing of masks by adults attending is recommended in enclosed spaces, especially when moving around. When seated you may prefer to remove your masks but we are advising that masks are worn. We will have the doors open during the service to maintain adequate ventilation.

We strongly encourage all adults attending to do a LFD test, with a negative result, before attending the service.

Please do not attend the school harvest church service if you have any of the top three COVD symptoms: new continuous cough, high temperature, loss of taste or have cold symptoms, or other illnesses.

Sadly, we are not able to invite members of the wider school and church community to the school harvest service this year.

Like all school events at present, the arrangements outlined in this letter may still be subject to change this week in response to any COVID changes and developments within our local area. Any changes to arrangements will be communicated with families via SchoolPing.

We are looking forward to welcoming the whole school and some family members to our school Harvest service and continue to value and need the full support of all families to enable us to do this successfully and safely for all involved.