On the final afternoon of half term, to complete their work on harvest, Year Six were invited by Rev Annie, to visit St Michael's Church in Kingsteignton to find out more about the Fruits of the Harvest. Also present were Bishop Nick McKinnel from Plymouth, the Archdeacon of Totnes, The Venerable Douglas Dettmer, the Rural Dean of Newton Abbott and Ipplepen Deanery, The Reverend Prebendary Alan White and the Priest in Charge of Wolborough, the Reverend Patrick Parkes who were all looking at how churches work with their communities.
The class were treated to a rotation of five activities:
- Harvest of the Garden in which they planted seeds and considered the virtue of patience
- Harvest of the Earth, where they made a thumb pot from China ball clay to give to someone special in order to consider the joy we bring when we give (we may keep these for our visiting elderly pen friends from the local community)
- Harvest of the Ocean, where we made origami paper boats and thought about peacefulness
- Harvest of the Flock, where we looked at wool and the processes it goes through become a knitted product (we were reminded that every process is equally important) - this was to remind us of the virtue of humility
- Harvest of the Grain, where we looked at breads from around the world and learned how we can be generous and share - we were reminded that there is enough food for everybody if we adopt his attitude.
At each station a virtue was written which was subsequently tied onto the inside of a suk lot shelter, which ties in beautifully with the learning we have been doing about Judaisim.
We were thrilled to be the school chosen for this prestigious visit, meeting Bishops from near and far. We all came a way with a greater understanding of how Christians celebrate harvest and what it means to the and a sense of calm and peacefulness gained from the atmosphere.
A huge thank you to all involved for such a super afternoon of learning.