Some children chose to wear black, yellow, blue or green, the colours of the Tanzanian flag, and there were some beautiful princesses around too! That tends to happen in Early Years and Key Stage 1 – well it was a dress up day after all!
Staff and children alike were joined in fundraising for Tanzania. We have a group of students from Y8-10 heading off there in November and what a great experience this will be for them as they work on community projects that help others less fortunate than themselves.
Tanzania Day is one of the many events that we know is important to the rounded and balanced education of our children. We believe that to become active and involved future citizens they need to have an understanding, not only of how lucky they are, but also of their responsibilities. Our children are so fortunate in so many ways and many will, without a doubt, become leaders of tomorrow. We want them to live and work as successful adults with a social conscience and be resolved to ‘make a difference’ if they can.
And what is most pleasing is the way that they not only ‘get’ this message already, but also demonstrate that they understand it. I chatted recently to the children that had helped organise and box the clothes kindly donated by many parents to the River of Hearts project. They confidently explained to me how important it was to serve others. They discussed with great sensitivity and insight how they should care for those less fortunate themselves; it made me so proud!
As well as Tanzania Day and the River of Hearts we have other opportunities throughout the year. Many of you will already have taken bags to support our Giving Tree project, which we run so successfully every year. Last year I went with the group that delivered the bags to a local migrant school. The incredulous faces of the children receiving the bags are something that is imprinted on my memory, as it was for our children who were there distributing them. Their conversation on the bus back truly reflected this – it was a humbling experience for us all. Please make arrangements to collect a bag if you have not already done so by finding a Giving Tree letter on our school website and completing the slip to return to the Uniform Shop. Alternatively, go to the Uniform Shop during its opening hours and they will organise payment and distribution of bags for you before Friday 4 November.
Our next fundraiser will be for National Disaster Day, raising money for our partner school in Nepal which was devastated by the earthquake a couple of years ago. Details will be coming to you shortly about how we will be helping them build a better future, and building a better future is, of course, what we are doing through our children.
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary