As part of their spiritual, moral, social and character development we like our children to think about people in both their local and the wider community who are not as fortunate as themselves. We encourage the children to 'let their light shine' by being courageous advocates for change in their local, national and global communities. The children are encouraged to decide for themselves, mainly through school council which charities they would like to support and why.
This year, Year 2 organised our MacMillan coffee morning as part of their Young Leaders Award. They held a raffle and a cake stall and raised £335.50
For our Harvest Collection this year School Council chose to support a charity based in Africa called 'All you Can'. They chose this as their slogan is 'let your light shine- working together our small lights can achieve lots'. The children raised £200 to support farmers in Ethiopia grow potatoes. They gave a presentation in Church telling everyone where the money would go and why they had chosen this particular charity. he children also organised a harvest food drive for the Foodbank and were able to deliver lots of food.
After visiting the Foodbank and talking to the volunteers some of our Year 2 children came back and asked the rest of the year group whether they would be willing to help collect 60 boxes of crackers, 60 Christmas cakes and 60 Christmas puddings as their Young Leaders social action project. These would be distributed to families as part of their Foodbank hampers. This led to the children embarking on a project entitled 'We love Driffield'. Following some research around the town, the children decided that it needed cleaning up so they set off in classes, armed with bin bags and gloves to pick up litter, ensuring the town was sparkling clean in preparation for the annual light switch on. They also challenged the rest of the school to help them collect the Christmas goodies. They exceeded their target collecting 70 boxes of crackers, 85 puddings and 61 cakes which they helped the Foodbank volunteers to pack into hampers.
We were asked to be the local drop off point for shoe boxes this year in recognition of all our support and were able to send 65 parcels off to Operation Christmas Child
In September as part of their Young Leaders Award our Year 2 pupils organised our MacMillan Coffee Morning and raised £375.
For our Harvest charity each class was asked to nominate a charity and School Council were given the task of deciding which to support. They chose Wet Wheels, a charity based in Whitby that gives amazing experiences of boat rides to children with severe disability or long term illnesses. Our Welly Walk this year raised £265. The children also asked if they could collect for the Foodbank again, which they did, dating the boxes of donations and delivering them in person to the Foodbank.
A non- uniform day raised £165 for Children in Need.
Our Year 2 leaders decided they wanted to continue to support the Foodbank with their social action project and organised a Christmas Funday in school in order to collect festive items to make up Christmas hampers. They collected enough food to pack 40 hampers. They also collected for the Foodbank on Christmas Jumper Day.
The children once again filled Christingle Candles for Driffield Branch of the National Children's Society and sent 75 filled shoe boxes overseas as part of Operation Christmas Child.
The children raised £340 for Comic Relief by doing super hero challenges at home.
On 'Wear it Red Day' we all dressed up in something red to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. A charity that has a particular meaning for a member of staff in school. We raised £210.
We continued to hold regular food drive collections for the Food Bank.
Our School Council organised a MacMillan Coffee Morning to which they invited parents, grandparents and friends of the school and raised £360.
Harvest Festival following a visit from a member of our local Church to tell the children about the Mbeduza project in Malawi that they were connected with, School Council decided that they would lie to raise money to buy stoves for the village and organised a Welly Walk following our Harvest Festival, they raised an incredible £400.
Children in Need This year, after seeing the Countryfile Walk for Pudsey on TV the children decided they wanted to do a Pudsey Walk to raise money for Children in Need. Along with family and friends they raised £350.
Children filled Christingle Candles at Advent and also held a non-uniform day to raise money for the Driffield Branch of the Children's Society. They raised £320.
Our school filled and sent off 85 Christmas shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child.
In March 2018 the children did a run to raise £155 for Sports Relief.
In May 2018, following a film clip about the floods which hit Malawi, the children organised a non-uniform day and raised £225 for the relief fund.
Throughout the year school held 3 food drives for the local Foodbank.