Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire has announced that its annual Harvest festival event will take place on 28 September 2020.

This year’s celebration will be like no other. It will take place within agreed social distancing rules. In the past, pupils were asked to bring tinned or dried food into school from their homes. This year we have asked that parents make a small cash donation. The money collected will be used to buy food from the local shop which will then be passed on to the North Oxfordshire Food Bank.

To celebrate the event, each class (bubble) has been rehearsing two songs which they will perform on the day. In addition, Year 5 and Year 6 will deliver several readings.

In previous years, after the children had completed their performances, the school would visit the local church (Holy Trinity Church, Ascott-Under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire), for hymns and service. This year the vicar is to record a Harvest festival video message which will be played to the children at school.

If the weather is fine, all performances will take place in the school playground. Otherwise, each class (bubble) will perform in their own classrooms.

The event, including the pupil’s performances, is to be filmed and made available to parents by DVD or download.

Amanda Douglas, Headteacher, Windrush Valley Private School Oxfordshire, commented; “Harvest Festival is one of those annual events that the children look forward to. The format of this year’s event has had to change but since the start of lockdown our pupils have been resilient, creative and determined. They have lived the school values and have been an inspiration to me and all staff at the school.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the children, parents and staff for their enthusiasm, hard work and determination to make this event as enjoyable as always.”