Little John's House, Romania
Each January, around the time of Epiphany, the children at Bluecoat are encouraged to bring in an unwanted toy, which is in good condition, to send to children in Romania. This act of kindness encompases our Fruit of the Spirit and teaches children about the act of selfless giving.
The gifts are distributed by Mags Zaharia, who has a strong relationship with the charity. To find out more, visit Little John's House website.
A Celebration of Easter - 2021
Although the Covid-19 pandemic put 'in person' celebrations on pause, the children of Bluecoat were able to celebrate Easter together, through recreating their own parts of the Easter Story.
In recent times more than ever, many people have become reliant upon Food Banks to help see them through. Each Harvest, our school community is encouraged to donate what they can in order to supply local Food Banks and charities. The volume of food received, and the generosity of Bluecoat families, is always wonderful to see.
As well as supporting local Food Banks, we are able to donate any perishable food items to local nursing homes - a visit which is always thoroughly enjoyed by the Year 1 and 2 children, and the residents alike!
Remembrance Day is a special day in the Christian calendar and provides a time for reflection and remembrance. During our special Remembrance Day services we observe a minute's silence in order to remember those who may have sacrificed their lives in conflict. As well as this we take the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Memorial in Torrington, and work closely with our Service Families.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."
The most widely celebrated event in the Christian calendar is marked in numerous ways across Bluecoat School. Our children in Years 1, 2 & 3 celebrate with a Christingle Service, filling the church with candlelight; sharing readings and singing both modern and traditional Christmas songs. It's always a huge highlight in the school calendar for staff, parents and pupils alike and is sure to get everyone feeling festive!
The Christmas Experience
Each year, the children in Year 3 enjoy 'The Christmas Experience'. This involves a morning of activities at St Michael's Church, led by experienced members of the church community. Throughout the course of the morning, the children head stories; play games and complete craft activities in order to learn more about the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Big Sing
Organised by Torrington Cavaliers, The Big Sing takes place in Torrington's Pannier Market and is an opportunity for the Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 children to join in with some festive songs. As this is an evening event attendance is entirely optional, but as you can see from the photo, it's always a popular choice!
The Hive Blessing
This year we said a fond farewell to Father Bevan and Mrs Bevan as they move on to pastures new. As part of a final celebration together, Fr. Bevan blessed our brand new space - The Hive. A multi-functional building, this will now be used for Collective Worship amongst other exciting school activities.
Once the blessing was complete, Mrs Bevan presented our Year 2 children with Bibles provided by Torrington Baptist Church - an annual event which is much anticipated throughout the school community.
We wish The Bevans well as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.
Here at Torrington Bluecoat we don't just believe in letting the adults lead Collective Worship, but like to get the children involved too. At various points throughout the school year, classes are paired up to lead a special Collective Worship session.
Class teachers work with the children to prepare resources and practise their assemblies ahead of time. These sessions provide excellent opportunities both for children to learn from their peers and to understand a religious theme or story in greater depth.