ASFA students, staff and parents celebrate Feast Day
On 4 October, The Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) community celebrated the Feast Day of their patron saint, St Francis of Assisi.
Patron of animals, merchants and ecology, St Francis of Assisi’s works and lessons are a source of inspiration for the students at the Kensington-based academy.
A variety of services were held on the day for students, staff and parents where they were able to reflect on the themes of ‘Talking to God’ and ‘One Another’.
This provided a great reminder for all of how important it is to discuss one’s worries anxieties, to one another and to God in prayer.
The academy’s Year 11 student leadership team read poetry and scripture readings in order to further encourage the sharing of anxieties.
One scripture included ‘Matthew 11:28-30′. Other students from Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 performed music, expertly directed by the school’s head of music, Ms Oztuna.
A welcome event for Year 7 students and parents also took place where the new Year 7 choir proudly performed the academy song, ‘Love and Learn’.
The students provided messages and readings linked to the academy’s values of happiness and respect.
Year 7 parents and staff were delighted with how enthusiastic students were and many commented on how well they conducted themselves throughout the afternoon.
The academy’s chaplain, Phil Johnson, said: “It was great to come together for our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi on Feast Day with not only students and staff, but parents too.
“It was joyous to celebrate as a community through readings and musical performances.”
Jo Leech, headteacher at ASFA, said “I am very proud of our performers, both students and staff, our wonderful choir and student leadership team who did an excellent job. It is great to see so much talent on show.”