Harvest Festival 5th October 2017
A big well done to all the children in Years 1-6 who walked down to church yesterday to take part in our annual Harvest Festival. Each year group did a fabulous job of presenting poems, stories, play scripts and art work based around the theme of Harvest.
The children in Foundation Stage presented their Harvest Festival performance on Wednesday.
Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended both events and supported the children.
BeSpace at HMS
We would like to thank Rev. Tyler and all his helpers for setting up and running BeSpace at HMS.
If you would like further information, please visit the Be Space website.
Prayer Spaces are day events or week long events in a school where students can experience prayer in creative ways. In a practical sense, this involves transforming a physical space so students can creatively explore faith and spirituality from a broadly Christian perspective. Typically half a class will access the space for approximately 45 minutes. This will include a short introduction on what Christians believe about prayer, time to explore the interactive activities together in small groups and coming together again as a class at the end to give their feedback. The students are invited to pray if they would like to or to just reflect on the different activities as they complete them.
Prayer spaces help students to engage with spirituality and prayer in a creative, experiential, inclusive, safe way.
BeSpace helps churches run prayer spaces in their local schools, so that prayer and reflection becomes part of regular school life. Time and time again we have seen prayer spaces fit alongside the many ways that churches already serve their school, and also as a catalyst for other opportunities to develop spirituality in education.
Hanborough Manor School students tied in their annual sports day with the official unveiling of their new radio station on Thursday last week, which they will now be able to use each week to play songs, read the news and even broadcast a special feature piece.
While children were sprinting the 100metres and taking part in the triple jump, other pupils and parents were admiring the new high-tech equipment, brought out to the field for the special day.
Deputy headteacher Ginny Bayliss said: "There are not many schools with a radio station. We were just looking at ways to give children a greater pupil voice.
"Also it would be nice to showcase work they have done and special projects."
The staff carried out some research to find another school that had a radio station, and took along some pupils to see how it operated.
They also visited BBC Radio Oxford, based in Summertown, to learn how a real radio station works.
The Long Hanborough school's PTA then raised £400 through events such as bake sales, quizzes and raffles, to go towards buying the equipment.
Mrs Bayliss added: "We wrote a script and decided to launch it on school sports day as all the parents would be there.
"The children seemed to just love it. They were all asking when the next one was. When I said we couldn't have one next week as the Year 6's were not here, they seemed a bit sad!
"The radio will be each week at lunch on Friday. Children will be able to listen to it while they eat.
"We will have three songs, a news flash about the school and a feature. For example the last one was an interview with the headteacher Miss Kerswell who was a former Olympian swimmer. "Which we thought tied in nicely with sports day."
FS, Year 1 & Year 2 Charity Day
Pentecost Prayer Space
Christ Church, Long Hanborough
As part of their response to the Archbishops' call to pray for the evangelisation of our nation during the week leading up to Pentecost, Christ Church, Long Hanborough provided a 'Prayer Space' in Christ Church so that all could be involved.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children from Hanborough Manor C of E School went along during the day and joined in with activities to engage in creative prayer... and be expectant as to what God might do.
Below are some photos of their visit.
We had Sarah visit from The Oxford Synagogue to explain about the lifestyle of a Jewish person.
Sarah showed the children many traditional Jewish objects like the candlesticks and Chalice used as part of the weekly Shabbat. One of the children dressed up in a prayer shawl (Tallit) and skull cap (Kippah) like many Jewish males would wear in the Synagogue. She also showed the children how 21st Century technology plays a part in Jewish life by using an app on her mobile to tell her if foods are Kosher or not!
Odd Shoes Day
A visitor from the charity ‘Jacket Off Your Back’ is coming into school to talk to the children about the great thing we will be doing by donating our old shoes,