Students and staff from LVS Oxford gathered at St Michael’s Church in Begbroke on Friday 9th December to celebrate the end to a fantastic year of progress for the school.
The service was led by Father Nathan Jarvis, the school’s Chaplin, and included the first public performances of the school’s newly formed staff and student choirs.
Parents, learners, staff and members of the local community came together to enjoy carols, songs, readings and prayers and give thanks for an amazing year for the school. In May the Countess of Wessex, patron of the National Autistic Society, officially opened the school, praising the curriculum and the school’s desire to help students achieve vocational progress. That same month an LVS Oxford student was one of the stars of the international show Autism’s Got Talent on the West End stage, and the success continued in August as LVS Oxford’s first set of GCSE results saw all learners achieve A* - C grades.
The service on Friday saw the lighting of the Christingles which students had prepared in school and Father Nathan said: “It was a magical service for everyone who attended. The learners and staff had put a huge amount of effort into rehearsing their singing and readings. The performances were fantastic and it was really moving to witness how far these young people have come during their time at the school.”
Learner Reece Sutton sang with the student choir and performed solo lines in their rendition of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? Reece said: “It has been really good for me to try something new. I was nervous but our teachers Neil and Claire have encouraged us a lot. When it was time to give my first public performance I was ready and actually really enjoyed it.”
After the service, everyone walked back to school for festive refreshments in the dining hall. Louisa Allison-Bergin, LVS Oxford’s Head of Centre, concluded: “After a very busy term in school, it has been wonderful to come together to reflect on our blessings and remember all those people who are less fortunate than ourselves. I am delighted that our parents and members of the local community were able to join us for our Christingle Service and enjoy the wonderful singing and reading our learners and staff worked so hard on these past few weeks. 2016 has been a fantastic year for LVS Oxford and our students with autism have made so much progress academically and socially. They are thriving at the school and we look forward to helping them develop further still in 2017”.
You can see more images from the LVS Oxford Christingle service 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.