Advent Calendars

As a celebration of the 25th Nythe Saturday Academy workshop, the families made two styles of advent calendar.  The promise of chocolate made this one of our best attended events with 126 adults and children coming to school on a Saturday.

The Saturday Academy is now an established part of our learning community at Nythe.  Together, we have learnt to make pop up theatres, rockets, tanks, kites, little bugs and big bugs.  We have designed chickens that lay eggs and dens to play in.  We have had green fingers, sticky fingers and chocolaty fingers!  We have built spaghetti bridges , made fizzy bath bombs and most of all we have had a lot of fun having a go, making mistakes and  learning new skills.  We continued this year’s theme of community with this exciting Christmas Workshop, where we made an Advent Calendar ready for the start of Advent on Sunday 28th November. The word Advent comes from the Latin meaning coming toward or arrival.

Advent is the beginning of the Christian Church Year and the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.  It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve, 24th December.  The Advent Calendar originated in Germany in about 1851 and the tradition spread. Small pictures on the calendar shows the story of Jesus’ birth and follows day by day the journey of the 3 wise men to the stable in Bethlehem, following the star. As well as a picture they often have a gift such as chocolate.  This is to reflect the gift that is coming, the birth of Jesus.


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