Welcome to Schools for Bethlehem

A Christmas Celebration

Last year saw primary schools from across the country and from Scotland 
join in a wonderful festive celebration of Christmas cribs.

We’re launching our successful Schools for Bethlehem campaign once again and this year we are delighted to announce that secondary schools are also participating. We would like every school across the country to take part.

You are helping to raise much needed funds for the Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust who are working to sustain the first ever hospice for the dying in the city of Bethlehem and its surrounding villages.

You will be helping to raise essential funds to provide care for the dying 
in Bethlehem.

‘St Thomas of Canterbury School thoroughly enjoyed supporting the Schools for Bethlehem campaign during Advent. We began the season with a non-uniform day – children and staff wore their festive clothes in exchange for a donation to the Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust – and a special assembly to create our Advent wreaths and introduce our crib exhibition. Over Advent, classes spent time crafting Nativity scenes in a variety of creative ways, to display at home as a light in the darkness. Bethlehem Care and Hospice Trust is a truly worthy cause and we look forward to supporting the Schools for Bethlehem campaign again’.

Matthew Richardson

Teacher, Saint Thomas of Canterbury School, Sheffield

A few of the Schools involved

Taking part in the Schools for Bethlehem campaign is the perfect way for the whole school community to come together to celebrate the joy of Christmas whilst also raising money for a truly worthy cause.

Click the button and fill in the form to request your fundraising pack. Thank you for your interest.

Mary Wilde, from St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School in Sheffield, describes her school’s experience:

‘We encouraged all families to make their own crib scene to bring into school. We ended up with over 60 lovingly homemade and creative crib scenes. We had cardboard cribs, plasticine, lego, knitted and even gingerbread scenes. It was so special and a lovely way of making a link between what we do in school and what happens at home.’

Bernadette Twomey, RE Coordinator at St Marie’s School reflects on their event:

‘Welcoming the Festival of the Cribs into schools at this busy time provides a calm and mindful space for children to experience the joy of the crib and the unity of the family. The Festival of Cribs supports a wide and varied curriculum and the opportunity to experience so many beautiful ways of expressing one story.’

A selection of hand made cribs from last years participating schools