If you were in the vicinity of Lord Scudamore Academy during Holy Week you may have caught a glimpse of 90 school children processing down the street, led by two donkeys, singing Hosanna and waving paper palm leaves.
They were attending an Easter themed afternoon at St Nicholas church in Hereford.
Reader, Malcom Robertson described what the children got up to:
“When they arrived at church there was a short dramatization of the events of Holy Week, which included Palm Sunday, the crucifixion and above all the resurrection.
“Then we separated the children up into groups of 15 who circulated around different activities.“
“We were looking at vestments, the different colours we use during Holy Week and their significance.”
“Another one that was greatly loved was the Jelly Bean prayer. When they got back to school they were then each given a small bag of jelly beans which went down very well.“
“Before the children left we also lit a small Easter Fire in the car park. “
As a non-church school the afternoon was an ideal way to build a relationship and teach the children, all from Year One about the Christian faith. Malcolm continued:
“It was tremendously successful with a lot of people mucking in. It was living the story rather than just being told it. That was our aim really for the children to really live and experience it. ”