Miss Telford held a topical and interactive whole School Assembly to enlighten the girls on Lent and Easter this week. She started by asking the girls if they knew what Lent was and why it was celebrated. Using the projector and a PowerPoint presentation, Miss Telford explained why Pancake Day is called Shrove Tuesday and why some Christians typically eat pancakes and their kitchen cupboard’s contents in preparation for giving up something for Lent. Miss Telford went on to explain how Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter begin. The girls discovered that Lent is a time for new beginnings, new growth and a time to go and get fit! Miss Telford demonstrated new growth by presenting the girls with one of the School’s window-boxes with fresh new Spring snowdrops and perennials on display, a lovely metaphor for the girls to grasp. The girls also learnt about Ash Wednesday and how ashes are sometimes used during special church services on Ash Wednesday and Easter.
This led nicely into the story of the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus spent in the wilderness, where he had no food and resisted the temptation of Satan and why Lent is observed for 40 days. There was plenty of audience participation and questions around this topic, such as “what if Shrove Tuesday doesn’t fall on a Tuesday?” and “What happens if Ash Wednesday doesn’t fall on a Wednesday?”
The girls were excited to hear Easter is celebrated after observing the 40 days of Lent, and with that comes a lot of chocolate to celebrate!
Miss Telford bought the Assembly to a close with a prayer for Lent.