On Sunday 4th February 2018, the students of Taunton School International Middle School (TSIMS) joined the Kingston St Mary community at St Mary’s Church for a celebration of the beginning of Candlemas. Reverend Matthew Dietz welcomed the students from the Grange along with the residents of Kingston St Mary. He asked one of the TSIMS students, Alice Kirscher, to open the family service with a prayer to celebrate this time of growth and sharing.
The students were asked to reflect upon what ‘Seeing Jesus’ actually meant to them. The congregation were shown several depictions of Jesus in which they were asked to discuss what they were able to see. Some of the students were able to see a cross and angels whilst others discovered the Nativity Scene; all these images were found in the faces of Jesus.

The students took part in readings and prayers, and the residents of Kingston St Mary were asked to think about all they had heard, and paused, momentarily, to listen Year 8 student Pvel Irzhak from Russia, playing ‘She Loves You’ by The Beatles on the acoustic guitar. As the service came to an end, the congregation prayed for Miss Davis, a Graduate Resident Assistant (GRA) at TSIMS, who is moving on from her position to take up a new role at St Johns College in Portsmouth, after half term. Students and residents were all invited for coffee and biscuits to reflect upon the Candlemas celebrations.

Following the break, the students returned refreshed and ready for a hopefully sunnier and warmer second half of term. Earlier this week, on Tuesday 20th February, the prefects, accompanied by our new Graduate Residential Assistant (GRA) Miss Lewis-Beal, visited Musgrove Park Hospital to hand over money raised by the students through their mufti-day. The money is being donated to the Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE) Foundation. The foundation is set up to help the unit based at Musgrove, providing the centre with equipment such as a CT Scanner and Simulator.

It was brilliant for the prefects to see for themselves how the money raised was being utilised to support the centre.

Samuel Morris