The Bishop of Dorchester led LVS Oxford’s Harvest Festival celebration during his visit to the school on Friday 23rd September. Learners, parents and staff gathered for the special service, during which Colin William Bishop Suffragan of Dorchester blessed the school and officially welcomed the Reverend Nathan Jarvis, from St Michael’s Church in Begbroke, as Chaplain of LVS Oxford.
Bishop Colin said: “It was lovely to be with the learners and staff at LVS Oxford on Friday. I was greatly impressed by everything that the school is achieving and the difference it is making to children with autism”.
During the service, several learners spoke about the gifts they had been reflecting on this harvest time. Deputy Head Boy Craig Harris spoke about the years leading up to his joining LVS Oxford when his anxieties meant he was unable to attend school and spent most of his time alone in his room. Craig’s gift is the progress he has made with the help of his peers and staff at the school. He explained, “I’m enjoying school and I’m hoping to combine my love of music and computers to eventually work in the music business. I’m a different person now and I’m so grateful to everyone at LVS Oxford for believing in me and helping me to believe in myself.”
Representatives from the Kidlington Food Bank were on hand to receive the many donations of food that learner and staff had brought in to help local people who are in need. Head Boy Charlie Goode said “We did really well with the food donations so hopefully a lot of people in the local area will benefit.”
You can see our album of images from the visit here.
Charlie has really enjoyed this week at LVS, it has been a wonderful and positive experience for him, and I would like to say a very big thank you to all the staff at LVS.