LVS Oxford marked the end of term and the start of Christmas with a Christingle Service celebration on Thursday 17th December.
The service took place in St Michael's, Begbroke, just a stone's throw from the school - a beautiful church perfect for the service. The service proved to be hugely popular, with learners, parents and staff packed in to share the event together.
Vicar Nathan Jarvis opened the service and everyone sang Away In A Manger and Silent Night before Nathan spoke about the true meaning of Christmas.
Learners were engaged and enthusiastic as he spoke about the Christingle itself and what it represents, answering questions on what the various elements mean to them. Some learners were then invited to light their candles at the front, and then Head Boy Charlie read a poem he had chosen with a winter theme.
The event clearly demonstrates the values of social development for all concerned. All members of the school family - learners, parents, staff, trustees and villagers - were brought together in a very positive experience, and the fostering of close ties to the local church help to give learners the sense of the larger community and culture they are part of, as well as the visit to a new place helping to give them new social awareness and confidence.
Head of Centre Louisa Allison-Bergin said: "I am so proud of all of our learners for their exemplary behaviour in church which was a credit to them and their families. I would also like to thank the staff for their hard work and hours of dedication to the development of our learners, which is really shining through. My sincere wishes to all for a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year".
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