Harvest Festival at Farlington School

October 20, 2016

At Farlington School on Friday 7th October the whole Prep School gave a musical and thought-provoking Harvest Festival assembly to a packed hall of family, friends and staff. Colourful imagery, harvest harmonies and poignant poems abounded. The girls delivered their lines and lyrics with aplomb: big smiles, confidence in abundance and a sense of enjoyment and celebration, too.

Linking with the assembly theme this term, ‘The World of Work’, readings and poems led pupils to discover all about those who make our food: from farmers to manufacturers, with clear messages, too, about eating healthily and conserving water.

Frances Mwale, Farlington Prep Headmistress said, “This younger generation is very mindful of helping others and sharing what we have. This came through strongly, not only in Farlington families generously donating food for a local hostel, but also by the ways in which the girls helped one another – a gentle, neighbourly nudge to move a friend into position; heartily applauding one another’s performances; singing out gustily to encourage any whose words were a little shaky!  

“My grateful thanks go out to all the staff for their original ideas and diligent rehearsing; particular gratitude to Mr Dallimore, who usually begins planning for Harvest some time in July! It was a great team effort and a lovely occasion. I am immensely proud of the children and staff!”

The food collected this year by the pupils will go to Crawley Open House, a charity which provides support and services for those suffering the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, discrimination or other forms of social exclusion. In addition, the children brought home a loose change collecting pot and these funds will be donated to the charity Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice caring for children and young adults with progressive life-shortening conditions.