Last week our Junior School children took part in our annual ‘Making a Difference Day’.
Head of Junior School, Mrs Ellen Rowe said: “We host ‘Making a Difference’ day every year as it gives children the opportunity to actively support charities, which in turn develops their sense of empathy and awareness.
I am always excited by the range of charities that we support and this year we are raising funds for Mencap through their ‘Get Arty’ project, we are gathering up wonderful snacks and drinks to give to our wonderful local RNLI volunteers to give them a boost when they return from a sea rescue and our generous families are donating clothes and food to refugee families with young children based in Calais.”
Get Arty is about getting school children of any ability involved in fun art activities – inspiring and educating them through the joy of creativity. It’s also about helping to raise vital funds to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Pre-Prep supported this cause by spending the day doing art activities for Mencap!
Year 3 and 4 supported the local Lifeboat Station. The pupils were kindly visited by an RNLI volunteer who explained to the them the importance of the RNLI and what they do to keep people safe. The children brought in donations of tea, coffee, chocolate, biscuits and snacks for the Lifeboat crew. We decorated the bags with messages of thanks and appreciation for our local volunteers. They hope that the Lifeboat crew can enjoy the treats after they have been out on rescues.
Emily Walton, Key Stage 2 teacher: “We have learnt so much about the RNLI and recognise the importance of this charity in our local area. What a great day had by all.”
Our Year 5s collected donations and filled boxes of clothes, toys, food and other items for refugees. Earlier in the week they discussed what it must feel like to be in that position and decided by also writing letters and painting pictures, they could give them more than material objects.
The Year 6s discussed food banks and in their classes discussed which items to collect. Following this activity, the children will lead the harvest festival assembly and kick-start a harvest donation drive.