As part of their Advent preparations Our Lady’s Roman Catholic school in Bangor welcomed Snowdonia donkeys this week. Pupils and staff of the school were delighted to have the donkeys present for the morning.

The visit enhanced the work children completed in class after a busy few weeks of ‘Bethlehem’ the musical preparations and performances!

Speaking to year 5 and 6 they are enthusiastic to share their personal Christmas message making links to the book ‘Refuge’. This beautiful picture book captures the essence of Christmas, retelling the story of the Nativity through the eyes of the donkey, and presenting the Holy Family as refugees relying on the kindness of strangers for food and shelter. This book has a message that couldn’t be more relevant.

Abhay, a year 5 pupil commented; “I’ve learned that we are lucky to be safe in our homes. There are many people around the world who face troubles. Seeing the donkeys reminded that even animals have to make difficult journeys.”

Fatimah, year 6 pupil added; “People have always made journeys which is what Mary and Joseph had to do. Many people make dangerous journeys today.”

Headteacher Ms O’Hanlon highlighted the importance of providing children with the opportunity to explore challenging issues in a meaningful way.

A great day was had by all.

Pictured with “Jenny” were Kyle and Miri from Year 6.