Harvesting a need for food support

Students at Bede Academy, Blyth, have been collecting non-perishable food for the Tyneside Vinyard Church food bank, Newcastle, as part of their harvest festival celebrations, (L-R) ten-year-olds Kate Easton, Poppy Ainsworth, Catherine Appleby and Caitlin Allison, all of Blyth, with year six teacher Rebecca Johnson.
Students at Bede Academy, Blyth, have been collecting non-perishable food for the Tyneside Vinyard Church food bank, Newcastle, as part of their harvest festival celebrations, (L-R) ten-year-olds Kate Easton, Poppy Ainsworth, Catherine Appleby and Caitlin Allison, all of Blyth, with year six teacher Rebecca Johnson.
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An African themed harvest festival helped remind people about famine across the world.

Students at Bede Academy, in Blyth, presented a traditional harvest festival with a twist after collecting produce for a local food bank.

An audience of family and friends gathered to watch Year 5 and 6 pupils perform music, dance and prayer inspired by Africa.

Following the recent visit by the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir, from Uganda, the students sang a traditional Swahili song Asante and offered prayers for a bountiful harvest for children living across the African continent.

They also presented a famine news broadcast, explained how food is grown in African countries and spoke about the work of charities including Oxfam and WaterAid.

Headteacher Irene Watson said: “Our students in Year 5 and 6 have worked extremely hard to bring us a wonderful harvest festival reminder of the difficulties faced by many children across the world.

“They have also shown an appreciation of families living in our own community who may struggle to buy food by collecting a wonderful amount of produce for Storehouse, the food bank run by the Tyneside Vinyard Church group.

“We started off with one table for donations, but thanks to the incredible generosity of parents, students and staff we have managed to collect six tables full of food and toiletries, which is an incredible achievement.”

Following the harvest assembly, the food was packed up for distribution to the Tyneside Vinyard Church.

Year 6 teacher Rebecca Johnson, who arranged the collection, said: “This is the first year that we have held a harvest food collection at Bede Academy and it has proved a great success.”

Ten-year-old student Caitlin Allison, of Blyth, added: “I think everyone should have something to eat so it’s good that we can do something to help.”