Year 6s attend Mass with 200 other schools, October 2016
More than 200 Catholic primary schools in the Northampton Diocese congregated in Dunstable in October to celebrate mass with Bishop Peter at St Mary’s Church. All our Year 6 students participated with form captains Lucy and Clara proudly carrying the Thornton College banner.
Year 5s volunteer at the Food Bank Milton Keynes, May 2016
After hosting a question and answer session with two representatives from The Food Bank Milton Keynes as part of the Year 5 RE topic the girls were so inspired by the work of the charity that they volunteered their time to help sort the food that it receives on a daily basis.
As the Food Bank can only accommodate eight children at once we also offered to help out at Baby Basics a few doors down. It operates in a similar way to the Food Bank, but provides families with clothes, toys and equipment.
At The Food Bank the girls accepted donations and separated the donations into appropriate boxes, such as pasta, rice, fruit, custard and rice pudding. Once the boxes were full the girls also organised the items into date order and put them into labelled boxes. Hannah, Evie and Jasmine enjoyed checking the dates of the food and were pleased that they found some that were out of date so that they weren’t handed out. Izzy worked very quickly to organise the donations into the boxes.
At Baby Basics the girls organised suitable donations into sizes, decided which donations needed a wash or iron and chose items for each box. Elisabetta said of the experience: ‘My favourite thing was choosing items for a baby boy aged 9-12 months – all of the clothes were so small and cute!’ Harriet added: ‘I enjoyed Baby Basics because I knew we were helping people near us.’
Year 5 girls visit Baptist church, February 2016
The Year 5s spent an afternoon at Loughton Baptist Church to support their learning about Christian denominations. As part of their topic, the girls had already learnt that Christianity is made up of many different groups, for example, the Salvation Army, the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Amish and Quakers. Before they set off, the girls were eager to learn more about the Baptist faith, but didn’t really know what to expect.
Once we arrived we were met by Craig, the Pastor, and his wife, Elyse, who we already knew from our Bridgebuilder Trust assemblies! We were surprised at the age of the original part of the building; it was built in 1864.
The girls were amazed at the size of the baptismal pool and were keen to learn lots about how Craig filled it ready for baptisms. We learnt that those who are baptised have made a personal choice to follow Jesus. This was quite surprising because in the Catholic faith babies tend to be baptised and their parents and godparents make the promises for them.
We met Craig and Elyse’s son, Garrett, who is a worship leader in the church. He was very musical and plays the guitar during services. We were allowed to choose from a selection of percussion instruments and joined in with some lively and uplifting songs. We found that their songs were more modern than those we sing in school.
Craig told us that the motto of Loughton Baptist Church is ‘Christ in the Community’. He, along with his congregation, organise many different groups, classes and social events throughout the week. Each week they help at a Soup Kitchen and during the winter months have worked with another church to provide food and shelter for homeless people. In contrast to this, several exercise classes run inside the church. Next week, children from their local school will invite their mums for a special Mother’s Day assembly where they will present gifts they have made.
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and hope that other classes from Thornton will have the opportunity to visit too.
Report by the girls in 5CM
Christmas theatre trip for pre-prep and prep school girls, December 2015
Years 1 to 6 enjoyed a special treat when they were whisked off to the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton to watch a spellbinding production of The Snow Queen, based on the Hans Christian Anderson story.
Seven highly-talented actors brought the touching story of best friends Kai and Gerda to life in stunning fashion. Locked up by the unfeeling Snow Queen in her Ice Palace, Kai prays for the loyal Gerda to rescue him, which she does with some help from the Raven, Snow White and Prince Charming, not-so Little Red Riding Hood, Mrs Wickedy Wickedy Witch (aka Mrs Johnson) and a Santa-loving reindeer.
Plenty of thrills, songs and laughter were to be found along the way. The girls and staff thoroughly enjoyed the show which set them happily on the road to the holidays!
Year 5 Visit to Sulgrave Manor, March 2015
Year 5 students loved studying the Tudors in the spring term. They finished the topic on a high with a visit to Sulgrave Manor, a Tudor manor house on the border or Northants and Oxon and the ancestral home of George Washington.
To really get into the spirit of life as a Tudor, the girls dressed as Tudor maids – and fellows. They did some role-play about their old friend Henry VIII and his wives. Some of them were even beheaded. They learnt about Tudor music and dance and had a tour of the manor, finding out about Tudor lifestyles by examining recreated rooms, such as the kitchen, the dining room, the master bedroom and some outhouses. What a fabulous finish to a wonderful topic.