Mr Jeffery writes about the photograph below:
“I was there for this moment…a magical moment amongst many magical moments in Sion Juniors yesterday.
The children had just completed a Dress Rehearsal for the Nativity (no spoilers…but don’t miss what is truly ...sensational!)…they’d heard that the cheeky elves had been playing havoc and had found a tube of Pringles! Yes! One was perched on a swing next to said Pringles, and the top of the staircase was covered in crisp-crumbs. The children were telling off that naughty little Santa-helper!
Mrs Thompson quietly mentioned that Santa had left a message on the office answer machine…word got round ever so quickly! The children gathered….they listened in excitement. I could not help but find myself thinking about days gone by when families gathered around the Wireless to hear an important announcement or story. It was so reminiscent of those days.
You could hear a pin drop…the message was played…beaming smiles, gasps, hands raised in the air, children looking at me to see my reaction…we were all so excited to hear from Santa.
And now to this moment…captured in the photograph below.
These two boys were telling Mrs Pyne about the Santa message moment. Their storytelling was animated, energetic and pure entertainment. Descriptive, engaging and compelling. Just look at Mrs Pyne’s face as she is met with the breaking news. As you can see, the boys are dressed as Kings…they play the part of those wise men who brought gifts to the Christ Child in the Nativity story. I’m not sure where the third King is at this point, and their accompanying camels have moved on too…however, I carried on watching this moment….
Mrs Pyne eventually took those two little Kings by the hand, one either side of her…
“Well Kings, what an exciting morning we’ve had. Let’s go and find Mrs Tanner and join the rest of the class….”
And as those three dear people headed off along the corridor I could hear those two Kings chatting away to Mrs Pyne…giggles and words….words and giggles. I stood alone and considered the moment I’d just observed. I counted my blessings and smiled.
This moment may have been fleeting, and one moment out of millions encountered each day…but this mattered. It mattered ever so much. It mattered to the Kings and it mattered to Mrs Pyne.
It mattered to me.
It is these moments that make us who we are. For me, school life must be filled with moments such as these…whether that be with children in the junior classes or our teenagers in Sion Seniors. This is what builds us. This is what creates us. Each moment and each encounter really does matter. We must take time to enjoy them. We must create space to allow them to unfold in fullness.
Mrs Pyne knows all of these things. I could tell instantly when this lovely little scene happened.”