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News from Head of Primary, Zoe Richardson

Our school prides itself not only on academic success, but also on creating a school ethos with relationships and community at its heart. As part of this, we actively encourage all students to get involved in fundraising activities for both local and international charities. Although our starting point was altruistic, we’ve found that at the same time as raising money for others we’re reaping rich rewards as a school. Our involvement with the Warsaw Mission
is a case in point.
Last year we teamed up with Warsaw Mission to host a food drive that proved a massive success. Seeing the enthusiasm and energy generated by this amongst our students has made fundraising for charity an important part of our school year.
Since then students have increasingly stepped up to take the lead in organising events. For example, for this year’s Year 3-6 Swimathon our students raised a total of 9,629pln. The money raised will be donated to Fundacja Przyjaciol szpitala na Litewskiej, a local hospital and
Fundacja Avalon, an organisation who assist children with disabilities participate in sports.
Following on from this success, and in the wake of the earthquake in Nepal, our students were
very keen to donate money towards the relief effort. This resulted in a whole-school ‘Neck-ties
for Nepal’ free dress day that raised a whopping 9,945pln from students in Pre-Nursery all the
way through to I.B. As a teacher, it’s a joy to see students happily stepping out of their comfort
zone for a good cause – memorable moments included watching some of the coolest students and teachers in school donning silly ties and outfits.
So what’s the upshot of all this? I guess it’s that with some effort, fundraising can mean so much more to schools than just raising money for a good cause. We are extremely proud, as a school, that over the past to have raised over 20,00pln for a number of local and international charities.
Less tangible perhaps, but just as real, is what we have gained as a school. How do you put a price on independence, excitement, engagement and enjoyment?

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