Outreach – being the difference

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The following is a list of all entries from the Religious Studies category.


Once again the community of Holme Grange School welcomed Rabbi Zvi of the Jewish Community of Berkshire (JCoB). leading our morning assembly, Rabbi Zvi explained about the joyful holiday of Sukkot, the erecting of the sukkah hut and he told us the story of the magic gourd.

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Harvest Fast Day

“We plant the seeds that one day will grow.” – The Romero Prayer

As part of our Harvest thanks today, some staff and pupils (from Year 5 onwards) volunteered to forgo their usual well-fed lunch in favour of soup and bread. The cost of their lunch is being donated to Cafod’s Harvest Fast Day.

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The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. – Psalm 24:1-2

The Junior Harvest Services was celebrated by Fr Richard from St Paul’s, for the children in the Prep and Pre-Prep. Harvest donations have been provided by the community of Holme Grange School.

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HG Harvest Donation Appeal

Our harvest donations will benefit people who go to the Wokingham Foodbank and The Link Visiting Scheme. We are holding our annual Harvest Services on Thursday 5th October for the Eaton Grange pupils at 8:35am and on Friday 6th October for the Prep and Pre-Prep pupils at 9:00am. Both services are in the Caudwell Hall. Parents are warmly welcomed.

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Remembrance Service

dsc00498“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, 

We will remember them.

dsc00502As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, 

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain, 

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.”

                             ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon

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“What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we reap in the harvest of action.” – Meister Eckhart (1260-1328), a German theologian, philosopher and mystic


Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown in the United Kingdom. We give thanks that we have more than enough to eat and we need to consider how we share our food.

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Harvest in our Community


“I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do.” Miguel Indurain, Spanish athlete

DSC07678During our Harvest Festival we reflected on the produce that we harvest in the United Kingdom. Right here at Holme Grange School we have ducks and chickens laying eggs for cooking. And then there are our goats, but we don’t eat them! In our very own polytunnel we grow a variety of vegetables. Our neighbours at Holme Park Game Hatcheries rear pheasants, bountiful  Grays Farm is just across the road and down on Heathlands Farm some of our children have been fortunate to pick their own fresh, delicious strawberries and blackberries in the summer, that are supplied to many of our supermarkets. For such a small kingdom, this colourful sceptre isle produces a vast amount of food and it is our responsibility to support our all of our farmers by buying local, eating local and drinking local.

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The Power of Education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999


In their recent Bushcraft adventure, the Year 3 and 4 children of Holme Grange learnt that education is not the filling up of a bucket with water, but rather education is the lighting of a fire from a mere spark (William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939, an Irish poet and politician.)

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