This week has been a big schools week. It began with Collective Worship at St Faith & St Martin CE Junior School as we looked at the word ‘Goodbye’ in different languages translations included: fun, peace, love – ‘Goodbye’ itself means ‘God be with you’. It was also a chance to play Bill Haley & the Comets – yes you guessed – ‘see you later alligator, (in a while crocodile’) J This was followed with a meeting with Mr Kyle (headteacher) as Foundation Governor as part of the visits we are required to do being part of the governing body. Later that day, it was back to the Junior school for the last of full governors of the year.
On Tuesday, I was in West Parade police station as part of the support the chaplaincy team offers to Lincolnshire police, helped along by with cake.
Wednesday, it was to St Faith’s CE Infant & Nursery School as Dave Sutton, the caretaker is leaving after 24 years. His commitment & service was celebrated with a special leaving assembly where we saw lots of photos from previous years & staff who previously worked at the school also came to say ‘goodbye’. One of the gifts was the new Lincoln City football kit – very apt as he is avid fan! It was then back to the Junior school for one final meeting.
On Thursday, the schools’ came to church. The morning it was the Infants school end of year ‘Thanksgiving’ service involving the choir, samba dancing in the aisles, the story of Midas turning everything into gold, a Spanish prayer (very special as the girl’s grandparents were over from Spain), we saw lots of photos of the year’s events & listened to some of their favourite things from the year.
In the afternoon, it was the year 6 (age 11) leavers from the Junior school. Year 6 have done very well in their SATs which has been an extra celebration – teachers shared their memories of the year, there were photos of the children from their first day at the junior school which produced a few giggles, there were awards & value medals – the last one awarded was the winner of patience. St Faith’s gave the Y6 leavers a book: It’s your move – which is all about making the transition to secondary school as well as a small wooden cross with a copy of the Lord’s prayer. This is a real milestone for the children as they start at the ‘big’ school which is outside the community.
Friday was year 2 (age 7) leaver’s assembly- another emotional service. The children pretended & dressed as if they were 70 years old. The service was then approached as if they were remembering the good ole days at the infants’ school. The songs included ‘You can count on me’ and ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ – difficult to have a ‘dry eye’ after those…! Up to the Junior school to join other governors to congratulate the staff on the excellent results with cup cakes. I also had time to drop into the hall there to visit the talent show that runs on the last day of term to see the excellent gymnastics & singing.
Finally I want to say thanks to the volunteers from our local Sainsbury’s store who came & worked hard in the garden this week: the garden looks like it’s had a makeover. Thanks to Brian who cut the grass (& keeps coming to cut the grass). Thanks to everyone who came to support them & finally to Kathy who organised the clean. The volunteers will be back as they want to support an afternoon tea at the church to raise money for St Faith’s. We hope this to be accompanied by some live Chamber Music.
Happy holidays to pupils and staff, God bless, Revd Julie