The end of a glorious summer was celebrated this week at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Broadstairs with our annual harvest festival, where our pupils mark the end of the growing season and give thanks for a fruitful summer. It is also a time when our 210 pupils remember those members of our local and global community who are not as fortunate.
To this end, our pupils collected vital stationery supplies to send to Ed Aid, a charity which stocks schools in Africa. Contributions of food were also brought in and will be sent out in weekly food parcels for the needy organised by local food banks.
A time of refection as well as celebration, our pupils re affirmed the fruitful links with our own parish Church, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Broadstairs by hosting a harvest tea for the elderly of the parish. An afternoon tea of scones, cakes and sandwiches was provided for the twenty parishioners, all prepared and donated by our School lunch supplier, Chartwells. Entertainment was provided by each year group who had prepared special songs.
The coming together of parish, school and volunteer parents underlined the true generosity of spirit and sharing that is the hallmark of this most ancient, joyous festival. Our Harvest Festival is always an opportune time within school to reflect on what we have and acknowledge the joy in receiving but also the need for generosity and compassion for those who are unable to share in this fruitful season.