This week, on Monday, Reverend Colin (who has been coming to our school for as long as we can remember) announced in assembly that this was his last one at Blakehill. In addition, he will be presenting his last service on this Sunday.
Here at Blakehill, we are absolutely devastated to see him go as we have visited him at Church on numerous occasions and he has visited us for the past 5 years. He has been a fantastic influence to all the children at Blakehill. We hope very much that he enjoys his retirement. We’re sure that he will!
by Taylor and Eleanor
Last Saturday, St Cuthberts held their annual Walking Nativity which has been running for an amazing thirteen years!
They started in the church where glow-sticks and pins were handed out. There was a little introduction where Natalie (one of the church staff) told us all about what happened when Mary got a visit from the angel and how they had to go to there home town to get counted. After that, the other angel told us how Natalie couldn’t go due to her broken foot.
Then the choir sang Silent Night and we 3 kings to try to cheer up Mary as she was very grumpy! The choir has, as always, made Blakehill very proud with the fantaastic performances performing to the wider community. We are sure this excellence will continue through the years.
by Mia and Ivy
On Thursday Year 5,went to the amazing St Cuthbert’s church to learn about Easter. First, they listened to the story of Easter then did some activities which included: crosswords, word searches and planting their very own plant. Finally they went back to school because they had finished their craft activities. Everybody was really tired and wanted to fall into a deep sleep as soon as they got home. They massively enjoyed the fabulous trip to St Cuthbert’s church and hope to go again.
This week, Year 1 went to Holy Trinity Church to compare what a christian church looks like to a sikh gurdwara. While they were there, they learnt about why people go to a church, what they do when they are there and how people get christened. Year 1 found out about all the important celebrations that go on in christian churches and how it looks different at different times of the year. The children also learnt about what a priest wears when he is doing his jobs.
By Mollie and Aminah
On Wednesday, Upper KS2 performed an astounding, enjoyable Christingle service. This was at St. Cuthbert’s church from 2:30 to 3:00 with the audience of their parents. They sang their best and it came out amazing.
Parents joined in (with the songs they knew). Then the children told the story of the birth of Jesus through short readings. One thing parents picked out was the fabulous Crescendo’s. Crescendo is something when a word gets louder like you go up some stairs in can also be when you go down stairs (getting quieter).
Parents spoke to teachers and said it was great and it made them feel in the mood for the season. I think that next year will be just as good maybe even better!
For remembrance day and remembrance Sunday our local church, St. Cuthbert’s, asked some of our pupils to poppies to decorate and colour poppies which would be made into a wreath and displayed in church for the remembrance service.
On Monday, Year 2 went to Saltaire village, more specifically to Saltaire church, where they went back in time to learn what it would be like. They met a lady called Mrs Dooley who told them about Titus Salt and what it was like to live in the village when it was first built.
They went on a tour to see what the village looked like and they were given bookmarks, which had a person from the past on and they had to find where the person lived and what job or thing they did.
Afterwards, they the went to the park but only the grass part was open they were all angry and frustrated, I imagine the would be writing letters to the owners. Miss Philip was very downhearted because she couldn’t go on the zip line! Instead, she did some drawing and found that just as fun! Once they had been to the park, they went through the mill and saw the David Hockney painting, picking up lots of facts. It was huge, and full of different vibrant colours; they loved it!
The trip was coming to an end, the children hopped back on the bus discussing interesting things they had learnt and laughing about their good memories. Miss Philip was looking forward to all the work they would do!
By Alex with help from Mckensey
Today, we got a letter about helping to repair the stained glass window at the Holy Trinity Church, in Idle. All local businesses, schools and the community have been asked to help raise money towards a new stained glass window. Part of the glass is falling and they need YOUR help! It will cost £35,000! As a way of raising some of the money they are holding a competition to see who can colour it in the window the best. It costs £1 to enter and a picture of the design for the glass window is given. They are asking us to colour it in. Runners up will receive a certificate and also the winner will get a special prize which no-one knows what it is! They won’t be able to do this without YOUR help! Please return your competition entries to school by 3rd February. Good luck!
On Thursday 17th of March Year 5 went to St Cuthbert’s Church, on Rose Road. We learnt about the story of Easter and Christ. We split up into groups that had name about Easter including; chicks,daffodils,lambs,bunnies,baskets and eggs. Throughout the morning we did lots of activities such as painting mugs, which according to the people at church were called plant-pots with handles, also we filled in an Easter booklet full of word searches, mazes, algebra puzzles and questions about Easter. They also told us stories such as how one day a man heard loud knocking on his door and went to see who it was.He found out that the master wanted one of the rooms so he could have a feast and the man said no. However,once he met the master he accepted. While we were busy working, the teachers got spoilt to some tea and Victoria sponge. Then we looked at four videos about the story of Easter and decided which was best. Overall everyone enjoyed it and wished that they could stay for a bit longer.
By Max and Tom