Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 4.45pm
Location: Nant-y-Cwm School
From France comes the story of St. Martin, who as a young man passed under an archway of the city of Amiens and discovered a poor beggar huddled there. The man was barely clothed, and shivering with cold. On seeing him, the young Martin took his cape from his own shoulders, tore the garment in half, and covered the poor man to warm him. The following night Martin had a dream in which he saw an angel wearing this same piece of his cape. The experience confirmed in him his devotion to all mankind regardless of their station in life. Martin went on to become patron saint of beggars and outcasts, and was known for his gentleness, his unassuming nature and his ability to bring warmth and light to those in need.
As we journey into the darkest time of the year, it is increasingly important for each of us to kindle warmth and light in our hearts. Martin’s cloak can remind us to share with those in need. The gently glowing lanterns of Martinmas will give way to the candles of the advent spiral as we draw nearer to the Solstice, showing how our inner light must shine ever brighter against the cold.
During the Martinmas Lantern Walk, the school gathers together as the sun sets, carrying handmade lanterns, symbolizing our own individual light.
This year’s Lantern Walk will set off in our class groups (bubbles) at 16.45. We will walk in our bubbles along the usual path through the woods. One parent from each family is invited to come along on the walk, maintaining 2 metre distance between one another. Siblings under 11 are allowed to come along with their parent and walk behind the school children.
The children will return to the school with their teachers, and be ready for pickup in their usual areas on the playground, at 17.15 (estimated time). Until then they will be supervised by the teachers.
The children will need an extra snack at the end of the school day.
Names of adults and siblings should be noted (for track and trace purposes only).