Pupils in Burrator Class were invited to take part in Buckfast Abbey’s St Nicholas Day, along with children from other local primary schools. As pupils were unable to visit the Abbey in person, the event was held ‘virtually’ instead. Burrator Class heard the story of St Nicholas, took part in craft activities, a music workshop, had a of the Abbey and learnt to sign a carol for the live service of celebration in the Abbey.
The day was a reminder that Christmas should be about giving. Pupils are usually asked to donate items to a chosen charity, which for the past two years has been The Kawangware Humanitarian Project, a school in the slums of Nairobi run for orphans and children with special needs. However, with the current pandemic, it is difficult for charity workers to visit and take out gifts, although the children in Nairobi are more in need than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit them very hard, many of the families are out of work and unable to feed their children. Therefore, Buckfast Abbey’s Education Department asked the children taking part in St Nicholas Day to wear ‘Silly Socks for St Nick’ and bring in a donation of money on the day