Advent – Join Our Journey

Advent is coming to an end.

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


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?


Our Posada has travelled through many home in Harrow. Do please take the time to see where our Posadas have been.

‘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 thank all the families who have hosted one of our four Posada this year.