Harvest festival has unexpected scares
Scarecrow entrants shown off with donated produce
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