As we come to the end of another fruitful week at Avanti Fields, we have an opportunity to offer gratitude to all those who are working to make the world a better place.
Thank you to Ms Vershika Kansara and her work with 8 Water. Through a doughnut sale at lunchtime last week, students have raised £247 which will go towards the supporting those effected by the Ukranian crisis. Our next step is to use the money to purchase items for the Ukranian centre in Leicester to show our support.
Parents and staff have received details about the charity appeal from Avanti Schools Trust to raise £10,000 towards food and meal distribution to displaced families in Ukraine. The PTFA at Avanti Fields School is proud to support this great cause and has donated £101 towards the appeal fund. We would like to encourage you all to support the appeal in any way you can – whether that is through generous donations of any amount and promoting the appeal to your family and friends.
I would like to welcome the following new members of staff to our school community. Mrs Sonal Rajpara has joined us as a Teaching Assistant and Dr Pooja Bagree is our school medical officer. In addition to this, the school has appointed two honorarium posts to in English and Mathematics to support the further enhance our curriculum for the remainder of the academic year. Mrs Poonam Bali will support in bolstering the KS3 English curriculum and Mrs Sejal Estibeiro will take a lead in further developing the KS4 Mathematics curriculum.
Last Friday the school celebrated the birthday anniversary of Sri Chaitanya. Students had an immersive experience focused on kirtan and the abhishek (ceremonial bathing) of Sri Chaitanya’s deity. This year’s theme leading up to the festival was to focus on three principle teachings of Sri Chaitanya:
1) Jiva doya – care and compassion for all living beings
2) Nama ruci – having affection for the holy names of Krishna, God
3) Vaishnava seva – serving others with love and respect
Here is a picture of the deity being bathed.
Students also heard the day was significant for all Hindus with the celebration of Holi – the festival of colours and protection. We also paused to recognise that this was also a sacred day for other faiths, such as:
Holla Mahola in Sikhism
The feast of Esther in Judaism
St Patrick’s day for Catholics
Naw Ruz, the Baha’i New Year
The Night of Forgiveness in Islam