Advent – Join Our Journey

Advent has started.

In contrast to the business of Christmas shopping and other preparations, the season of Advent invites Christians, and indeed people of all faiths, to be still, quiet and reflect on the journey of their lives and what is really important to them. Many Christians decide to try to take a time of quiet reflection each day during advent. During Advent Christians  remembers the journey taken by Mary and Joseph and possibly a donkey to Bethlehem.

The journey from Nazareth, where Mary and Joseph lived, to Bethlehem where they had to register for the census, would probably go via Samaria and Jerusalem and taken about four days on foot. It is quite likely that Joseph would have a donkey to carry pieces of wood and other tools of his carpenter’s trade, as Mary was heavily pregnant with the baby Jesus at this time she would have ridden on the donkey. The Bible doesn’t mention her travelling on a donkey, so we can’t be sure.

It is about 120km from Nazareth to Jerusalem and another 10km from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. (About 80 miles in all). If Mary had not been feeling very well it could have taken nearly a week to complete the journey. We have produced a leaflet to give parents and carers more information about the Christian traditions of the season of Advent and you can download it here.

St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School Advent Leaflet

The Advent Wreath and Advent Prayers

 

Christmas Activity Day – Thursday 12th December

In a change to our previously published programme!

Santa Claus is coming to town!
Well …St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School

We are planning to take each class in small groups to visit Santa’s Grotto where they will hear a story read by Santa himself and each receive a small gift from his Elves.

During the school day our school will put on other Christmas activities for the children to enjoy and explain the story of St. Nicholas and how he became known as the protector of children and sailors and is associated with gift-giving.

This event will take place during the school day, therefore the children will be supervised by school staff and a small team of parent/carer volunteers.

Children can replace their school jumpers and cardigans with a Christmas jumper for the whole day.

The children should be collected at the usual time. Pictures of the event will be shared with families via our website or The Quill.

In order to ensure that each child has the opportunity to visit the Grotto, we request that parents/carers give consent by completing the Google form via the link below:-

https://forms.gle/JWMieBrSDRR7UE359

Equally, if you do not visit your child to join in the visit to Santa’s Grotto you can also inform us via the same Google form.

We would very much welcome a voluntary contribution towards this event and payment can be made via ParentPay under the item entitled “Christmas Activity Day”.

We suggest a minimum donation of £5.00 but if you feel able to donate a higher amount please do so. All funds raised will be used towards ensuring the children enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling day.

Santa is coming!

 

Reverse Advent Calendar

Each year our school collects items for Harrow Foodbank. We would like to help our children to be mindful of those in need around us and support the children to be generous in sharing with others, We have decided to once again run our school reverse advent calendar.

Items for the reverse advent calendar can be brought to the school from Monday 2nd December until Tuesday 17th December. There will be a box on the outside area of the dining room, just to the left as you enter the playground. There are no rules about how much you bring or how often. Some families may wish to bring a small item each day or give one item during the advent calendar period. Any items given on any day will be given to Harrow Foodbank helping those in need in our area. Please ensure items have a reasonable best before date. Some of the items may not be used until the new year. Below is a list of items they would especially like.

Long Life Full Fat Milk Long Life Fruit Juice Tins of Custard 
Honey Small Jar of Coffee Savory Spread (Meat/Fish)
Men’s Deodorant Women’s Deodorant Shaving Foam

 

Posada – Is there room in your home? Can you offer hospitality?

 

Once again this year you can book a slot to host one of our Posada during advent. Host the Posada and take a photograph that we will display on this page.

‘Posada’ – an Advent tradition from South America. ‘Posada’ is the Spanish word for ‘Inn’ or ‘Hostel’ and this tradition helps us to reflect on the journey that Mary and Joseph made and the hospitality that they eventually found in Bethlehem.

Posada is a great way to talk to children about the importance of hospitality and to give thanks to God for our homes and think about those who are homeless. We invite families to host our wooden Posada Nativity sets, known to the children as the ‘Holy Family’ for a night or weekend in their home and take a photograph to send to the school (please use [email protected]) which we will then share with all the children via our website and social media. Families may want to have a meal together and share the story of the Nativity. It is absolutely voluntary and it will be fun to see the journey of Mary and Joseph as they visit the homes of the families of St Jérôme School. The posada can be collected at the end of the school day.

You can book your place to host your child’s Year Group posada here

ReceptionOur Reception Posada

Tuesday
17th December

 

Year 1

Monday
9th
December
Thursday
12th December
Friday
13th December
Monday
16th December
Tuesday
17th December

 

Year 2

Monday
9th
December
Tuesday
10th December
Wednesday 11th
December
Thursday
12th
December
Tuesday
17th December

 

Year 3

Monday
9th
December
Tuesday
10th December
Thursday
12th December
Monday
16th
December
Tuesday
17th December

 

Nativity Performances – Monday 16th December and Tuesday 17th December

Our Reception classes will hold their nativity performance on Friday 13th December at 2.30pm. More info to follow.

Year 1 and Year 2 will be performing ‘Angel Express’ in the run up to Christmas. Please find below the arrangements, All performances will take place in the main school hall on our top floor.

We ask parents and carers to adhere to these arrangements and not put the school staff in the difficult position of having to turn people away. Please allow enough time to arrive at our school and take your seat before the performance starts. People arriving late will only be allowed into the hall when their is a suitable gap in the performance.

Date and Time Details Who is Invited? Special Notes
Monday
16th
December
at
2pm
Dress
Rehearsal Performance
Aunties, uncles, grandmas, grandads, friends of the family.
Parents with babies and very young children*
Children from Year 3 and
Reception classes will attend.
Tuesday
17th
December
at
9.30am
Main Performance
(1)
Two seats only per family across both performances** No primary school aged children or younger will be admitted
Tuesday
17th December
at
2.00pm
Main Performance
(2)
Two seats only per family across both performances** No primary school aged children or younger will be admitted

 

* While parents and carers with babies and very young children are welcome at our dress rehearsal, we kindly request that babies and young children are taken out of the school hall if they become unsettled in consideration of the performers/other members of the audience. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

** Tickets will not be issued – children’s names will be crossed off at the door as guests arrive.

We are allocating TWO seats per family across the two main performances on Tuesday 17th December. You can use your allocation for:-

  • TWO tickets for the 9.30am performance only

or

  • TWO tickets for the 2.00pm performance only

or

  • ONE ticket for the 9.30am performance and ONE ticket for the 2.00pm performance

or

  • ONE ticket for the 9.30am performance only

or

  • ONE ticket for the 2.00pm performances only

 

We respectfully ask that friends and family DO NOT make recordings of the performances on their own devices as handheld devices block the views for members of other families sitting behind. There will be an opportunity to take photographs at the end of each main performance, but we wish to remind you that these are for personal use only and not to be shared on social media. Thank you for your cooperation in this.

 

Christmas Service – Wednesday 18th December at 9.15am

Year 3 children will be leading our Christmas Church Service at St John’s Church. This is a whole school service and helps us to make the end of the year and also celebrate the coming of Christmas.

If you can help us walk children to and from church do please email us at [email protected] by Monday 16 December.

Parents, carers, and all other members of families are most welcome at this service.

 

 

 

Christmas Cards

Our Christmas postboxes, one French, one British will appear near the school office at the beginning of December. Do please remember to put the name and class name of the child your child is sending the card to on the envelope. This will greatly help the team ensure that cards get to the correct person.

Christmas Lunch

Mrs Doyle and her team hope that all children will join them for Christmas lunch on Wednesday 18th December. Do please ensure, as with all lunches, this is ordered for your child via our online ordering system.