Raising money for SVP at Christmas.
On Friday the 20th of December all the St Edward’s staff wore Christmas jumpers to school to raise money for people in Sligo who need help this Christmas. Here we all are at assembly in the hall. We would like to wish all parents, children and friends a happy Christmas holiday. Looking forward to January 6th when school reopens in 2014.
We made some delicious gingerbread cookies.
We rolled out our pastry and cut out our cookies .
After 15 minutes in the oven the smell was mouth-watering .
We really enjoyed them .
In 5th class we made some nice Christmas centre pieces using oasis and evergreen plants.
We placed a candle at the centre and added glitter glue and strings .
They turned out really well .
In Room 10 we made salt dough .We then used Christmas cookie cutters to make some lovely decorations for our Christmas trees.
When they were dry we painted then .
Now they are ready to sparkle in our homes at Christmas .
We also made snowmen from paper plates . Don’t they look lovely.
On Wednesday the 18th of December the members of the Student Council were presented with their council badges. Two children from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes are selected in October by their classes to represent each of the senior classes on the council where they contribute ideas and concerns from the pupils’ point of view. So far this year they have worked hard to improve playtime by organising a rota of equipment to be used by every class from 2nd up. In January they will turn their attention to the junior end of the school and will consider what equipment would be suitable for the younger children.
The History of Christmas Trees
Why do we use the Fir Tree?
The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.
Why do we bring it into our houses?
The first person to bring a Christmas Tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas.
Another story says that St. Boniface of Crediton (a village in Devon, UK) left England and travelled to Germany to preach to the pagan German tribes and convert them to Christianity. He is said to have come across a group of pagans about to sacrifice a young boy while worshipping an oak tree. In anger, and to stop the sacrifice, St. Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and, to his amazement, a young fir tree sprang up from the roots of the oak tree. St. Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith and his followers decorated the tree with candles so that St. Boniface could preach to the pagans at night.
By Craig & KellyAnn – Green School’s Committee Members.