Our youngest Juniors crafted their very own diyas in a DT workshop, to take home and celebrate Diwali, The Festival of Lights, with their families this week.
The seven to eight year-olds made the traditional candle holders to mark the five day event, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world.
The classmates learned that Diwali is an annual religious festivity where people welcome harvest time by decorating houses with diyas to rejoice in new beginnings and symbolise light over darkness.
Using the kiln donated by the Friends of Gad’s Hill, the budding potters used clay to make a simple bowl and pressed found objects into them to make patterns. After a primary biscuit firing at 1000 degrees Centigrade, which turns the clay into ceramic, they glazed their bowls and fired them again to 1050 degrees Centigrade.
The J3 cohort took the decorated diyas home to display and shared their history, of representing enlightenment, knowledge and wisdom, with their families.