Pre-prep brought this half-term to a close with a Harvest Assembly. From the very youngest in Nursery up to Year 2 they performed poems and songs on harvest time and gave thanks for the food which we have in abundance.
Later in the morning our Year 2 pupils took boxes of food items donated by Terrington pupils and families to the Ryedale Foodbank in Norton, one of three centres in the area supported by the Trussell Trust which runs a nationwide network of foodbanks.
Here, they met with Ryedale Foodbank Centre Manager John Mackenzie who showed the children where the food is stored and explained how the centre supplies people in need with three daysâ€™ worth of emergency food supplies on receipt of a voucher.
More than 30 agencies in the area issue vouchers, including schools, council offices and health centres. In the last year, there has been a 20% increase in the number of people needing help. The centre is run by volunteers and is dependent on donations of food and funds by the public and local organisations.
The latest initiatives run by Ryedale Foodbank Centre include running cookery classes to teach people how to make nutritious one-pot meals and supplying those who complete the course with a slow cooker. The centre is also providing school children on free school meals with packed lunches during the school holidays.
The visit was an opportunity for our pupils to appreciate that many people around would go hungry if it were not for organisations such as this, and to see that, collectively, itâ€™s possible for us all to make a big difference.