PUPILS of St Thomas of Canterbury C of E Junior School, Chester, celebrated their harvest festival on Thursday (September 30), with a packed service in St Thomas’s Church on Parkgate Road.

All children at the school took an active role, putting on thought-provoking and entertaining performances for parents and friends.

With a theme of ‘water’, and its essential role in life on Earth, Year 3 children sang Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head and recited a poem called Watery World – complete with water pistols, umbrellas and a shower cap! Year 4 pupils continued the watery theme with a rendition of Singing in the rain.

Year 6 children hosted an imaginative game show-style performance of water-based stories from the Bible, including Noah’s ark, Jonah and the whale, the Creation and the parting of the Red Sea, challenging the congregation to guess the tale.

The service concluded with Year 5 pupils leading the congregation in prayers they had written themselves.

Deputy head teacher Amanda Ellis-Rushton thanked parents for their generous donations, displayed at the altar. All the food is to be given to Chester-based homeless charity Save the Family.