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    The Torch

    The Torch, November/December 2018
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    November/December 2018

    These pages contain highlights from the latest issue of The Torch, Wath's student newspaper, published at the end of each half term.

    The full newspaper is available to view by selecting the cover.

    Previous editions (going all the way back to 1930) are available on the back issues page.


    By Charlotte Ting, Year 10

    A Christmas scene

    It’s that time of year again! When trees are up, decorations are being hung, statues of reindeer and snowmen are outside people’s houses and Christmas songs are playing on the radio, you know Christmas is coming. It’s now rare that we see snow in South Yorkshire, but that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the festive holiday!

    However, we don’t celebrate Christmas just for fun, do we? Christians celebrate Christmas in order to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. However, December 25th is not the exact day he was born; in fact, there was no official date for his birthday. There was no date in the Bible either! We celebrate it on this day because it was first celebrated in 336 AD, during the time of the Roman Empire.

    There are also a few reasons why we eat what we eat on this day, such as turkey. This is because of King Henry VIII, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the turkey was a more popular Christmas meal than a goose. To this day, we eat more than 10 million turkeys every year! 25% of British people buy their turkeys months in advance!

    There are a lot of other reasons why we have what we have during this time of year, but we all must remember why we celebrate Christmas: to remember the birth of Jesus and to spend time with family and friends.

    Remembrance Day Library Display

    Article and Photography by Isobelle Fenton, Year 7