Issued: October 24, 2015
Church visit for students
Pupils in the Nurture Group in Years 7 and 8 at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, visited nearby St Paul's Church, Woodford Bridge.
The trip was to support their topic for this term - Christianity: worship, festivals and beliefs.
Pupils had to complete a work pack about special items in the church that form part of celebration and worship.
The Rev'd Ola Franklin welcomed pupils and spoke to them about the special items.
She also labelled all of the artefacts to make them easier to identify.
The school's Special Educational Needs co-ordinator, Chloe Moon, said: â€œThe pupils were astounded to find out that the purpose of church bells, years ago, were to help parishioners tell the time as watches were only available for the wealthy.
"It made pupils reflect on how fortunate they are to have the basic items in their life.
"Pupils asked some really interesting questions and presented Ola with a box of biscuits for the parishionersâ€™ coffee morning as a thank you token."
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Nurture Group students prepare for 'A Christmas Carol'
Pupils in the Year 8 Nurture Group at West Hatch High School are preparing to perform the stage version of Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' next half term.
They all have one main part and a cameo part to play.
To prepare for their performance, the students have made paper mache masks which they will decorate to fit characters such as Scrooge, Jacob Marley and Tiny Tim.
Student George Monk said: "It was a fun activity and we used recycled paper to make the masks."
Teacher Chloe Moon said: "The pupils can't wait to make their masks their own and use them to get into their roles."