LVS Oxford held its annual Christingle Service in St Michael’s Church, next door to the school, on Friday 8th December.
The service was led by Revd Wale and included a welcome from Caitlin and Morgan, the school’s Head Girl and Head Boy, readings from A Christmas Carol by learners Jonah and Reece, and an address from Anita Adams, Chair of the LVS Oxford Education Committee.
Revd Wale talked to the congregation about the meaning behind the Christingle oranges, which the KS3 students had prepared in school.
Louisa Allison-Bergin, LVS Oxford’s Head of School, said: “We are extremely grateful to Revd Wale for conducting the service and helping us reflect on our blessings and remember all those people who are less fortunate than ourselves. I am delighted that so many people 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. As an expanding school, LVS Oxford is developing into a centre for excellence for young people with autism. Our learners have made amazing progress this term and we are looking forward to continuing to expand our curriculum and welcome new students in 2018.”
After the service, everyone gathered in the school hall for refreshments and LVS Oxford’s first Christmas Market. Enterprise students from KS3, KS4 and KS5 were on hand to sell a range of Christmas decorations, edibles and gifts that they had made in school during Enterprise lessons.
KS3 learner Byron said: “We worked very hard in Enterprise lessons. Our class made salt dough tree decorations, Christmas biscuits and reindeer food. The Christmas Market was amazing, lots of people bought from our stall and it really put us in the mood for Christmas.”
Parents and carers speak positively about the ways in which staff promote positive behaviour. One said “staff are very caring, they talk to students positively and handle things fairly”