I feel very proud of the children at Haresfield School and wanted to write to let you know about some of the exciting decisions school council have made this year.
Traditionally we have supported many charities through the years and the children have enjoyed joining in with country wide initiatives, buying red noses, buying plastic bracelets or rulers for Poppy day and many other charity events. However, this year school council are keen to make courageous decisions and do things a little differently.
Firstly they decided that they did not want to buy plastic toys and equipment as the plastic is so bad for our environment. We also discussed the possibility of supporting a local charity all year long so that the benefits of the support would be more significant, following this school council suggested that we support a local charity this year and an overseas charity next year. They have decided on ‘The Foodbank’ for 2019 – 2020.
With this in mind the children have been coming up with ideas to raise the awareness of the charity and speak out for inequality. We have discussed what we will do when children in need is running and also what we could do for the Christmas jumper day. These are their suggestions:-
Children in need – we are going to have a spotty / stripy day in school, non-uniform and or face paints. We will be asking the children to bring in a small packet of biscuits, a packet of cereal bars or a small chocolate treat for The Foodbank, so that we can pass a treat to someone less fortunate than ourselves.
Christmas jumper day – wear something ‘Christmassy’ for the day and bring in something for the food hampers we will be building for the foodbank. (Details nearer the time)
The last thing we discussed at school council was about making a secret Santa sack in the hall to collect Christmas presents for children who are less fortunate than us. So when you are out buying gifts if at all possible could you buy something for a child in need in our local area? No more than £5. We will be taking our ‘Secret Santa’ gifts to be distributed by the foodbank.
I thought these generous acts show our children demonstrating the values our school strive to uphold and develop and it made me extremely proud to be the Head Teacher of this school.
Learning To Learn project – what is working well, what can we find out from other schools to make our learning skills even better?
Playground project - we have been working with Mr Kirby on developing positive playtimes. We have made some signs for the playground and we will be introducing get active ideas to the school.
We have also designed a new layout for the playground and have asked the PTFA and other organisations to help us raise enough money top have the playground resurfaced.