Songs about precocious pumpkins and cheerful carrots delighted parents and boys alike at Altrincham Preparatory School’s Harvest Assembly this week. But there was also a serious message as Revd Myles Owen celebrated the school’s donation to Manchester’s Wood Street Mission. The collection of food will feed over 50 families in need at Christmas time.
“It’s really important to understand how fortunate we are to have all this food,” said Revd Owen, curate at St Mary’s, Bowden. “What I wanted to do was encourage the boys to be responsible in the way we think about food - where it comes from, at what cost, and why we shouldn’t take it for granted.
“And although that sounds very serious, the Harvest Assembly was also a lot of fun and the singing was just fantastic.”
Head Master Andrew Potts was similarly delighted by the boys’ performances. “There was a real attention to detail in their singing and diction,” he said. “It was a celebration - it was the first time the whole school has got together this term - but the Harvest Assembly is also a reminder of how lucky we are.”
The message certainly got through to Jack (pictured below, right) from Year 2. “I really enjoyed singing the pumpkin song, but the important thing I learned is that there are people who don’t have enough food,” he said. “It’s good to be able to help them.”
Wood Street Mission’s Christmas Project provided food for 2,076 Manchester and Salford families last year, and Operations Manager Des Lynch said it’s impossible to operate without the generosity of its donors and supporters.
“The staff, pupils and parents at Altrincham Preparatory School are very much a part of our Christmas Project, and by collecting and donating food items they have helped to make Christmas a little more special for children that are less well off,” he said. “This donation means at least 50 families will be assisted during a really difficult time.”