On Thursday 24th May 2018, School re-opened its doors just before sunset with an invitation to all, to celebrate the breaking of the days fast during the season of Ramadan.  Around 150 parents, pupils and friends came into school after nine o’clock for the evening feast.  Fifteen members of staff had fasted during the daylight hours, it was a great relief for them when the hours, minutes and seconds disappeared and everyone was given the all clear to eat and drink, and make up for lost time!

There was a small amount of food provided by the School Catering Manager, Dale Sutton, but the vast majority of food was prepared and brought in by parents and pupils.  Their kindness and generosity meant that the spread was extremely impressive.

Parents have since contacted the School and have been quoted as saying, “Many congratulations on such a successful Iftar this year! What a wonderful turnout, and community feel the evening had. It was also lovely to chat with so many members of staff who had participated in a fast, and to see what their perspective was like. Thank you for organising the evening. It was heartening to see your vision from last year flourish into something so well attended this year. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the diverse conversation and food throughout the event.”

Another parent wrote, “I’m just writing to thank you so much for the Iftar party last night it was very enjoyable. It was completely unexpected as it is my daughter’s first year, but I wanted to thank you for the wonderful experience. A lot of effort had obviously gone into arranging this event especially since it was such a late night. Who would have thought guests would bring so much food! I also really appreciate the staff participating in the fast, it really brings all religions and cultures together. It certainly can’t have been easy.  Once again thank you for such an amazing night, I was literally giggling all the way home with my daughter.”

We mentioned in the letter of invitation that we should all celebrate together. This was a gathering when Muslims, Christians and those of other faiths joined together, for what was a lovely evening. Thank you to everybody who came along and took part.