Friday Reflections

We have made it to the end of week 7, and some of us are beginning to feel the strain. We have had a few of you with upset tummy and quite rightly you have issorlated yourselves. We don't want that gift: thank you for the advance warnings. Only one more week to half term - that is if you have done all the assigned work. If not, you are working over the break!

This week you will be having two assignments for history and I am expecting some really lovely hell and heaven artworks in relation to the Medieval England Church topic. So get really creative and arty. the more horrid the better.

I know some of you will be celebrating Halloween and some of you won't be - please remember to sensitive other people's cultures. Not everyone enjoys the America import of Trick and Treat. Some families will be celebrating All Hallows' Eve particularly those who have lost any one recently.

All Hallows' Eve falls on 31st October each year, and is the day before All Hallow's Day, also known as All Saint's day in the Christian calendar. Different Christians communities will celebrate this in different ways but traditionally they will hold a vigil on All Hallows' Eve when worshippers would prepare themselves with prayers and fasting prior to the feast day itself.

The name derives from the Old English 'hallowed' meaning holy or sanctified and is now usually contracted to the more familiar word Hallowe'en. However, the American version of dressing up eating vast amounts of sugar and behaving badly (egging houses or toilet papering their properties) towards people who don't join in is far from a quiet day of pray and remembering those who have past away.

There will be a survey coming around about how we could best use the money offered by Sort England, look out for it and please hand back asap.

This weeks theme for the Orchard Training Cookery Club is apples, I know some of you have plans to make toffee apples, apple cakes and apple snow. Others fo you have decided that pumpkin cakes and halloween cupcakes are more your thing. Which ever you do - remember to write up the recipes and record your time in your evidence diary.

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