Har­vest fes­ti­val has un­ex­pected scares

Scare­crow en­trants shown off with do­nated pro­duce

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PUPILS at Cote­ford In­fant School and their par­ents have en­joyed a har­vest fes­ti­val with a dif­fer­ence this year.

The school in Fore Street, East­cote, faced the tricky prob­lem of where to hold its an­nual fes­ti­val as the school was un­der­go­ing con­struc­tion work to ex­tend it.

Head teacher Ju­lia Thomas came up with the so­lu­tion of hold­ing the fes­ti­val out­side.

And if it was go­ing to be out­side, why not go all out and in­cor­po­rate a scare­crow pa­rade in to the har­vest cel­e­bra­tions?

Each class was tasked with de­sign­ing and cre­at­ing their very own scare­crow for their fes­ti­val on Oc­to­ber 1.

A school spokes­woman said: “The fes­ti­val be­gan with each class proudly pro­cess­ing around the play­ground be­hind their scare­crows, car­ry­ing their har­vest pro­duce with them.

“Once each class was seated, the chil­dren sang some of their favourite har­vest songs. Some songs were sung by in­di­vid­ual year groups, oth­ers by the whole school, but all were sung with great en­thu­si­asm. The year two chil­dren told us all the story of The Big Snug­gleup by Brian Pat­ten.”

Chil­dren con­tibuted food to be passed on to Hilling­don Food­bank and the scare­crows have since been in­stalled in the school play­ground, where they ‘con­tinue to bring smiles to faces of pupils, staff, and vis­i­tors’.

n FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Har­vest Fes­ti­val at Cote­ford In­fant School in East­cote

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