By Angela Cox & Michelle Cuming, Charity Coordinators
We live in a community in China that can often need our support. We have worked with our key school Charities and our Community Partnership Leaders are really making a difference. They will go into the community and take part in events as well as host, organise and run events here at school to raise awareness, resources and monies. We have given our self the aim to increase to work that we do as a whole school so you will now see some of the events on a whole school scale. We often underestimate the power of a young person in a leadership role as you can see below they are making a huge difference.
This year so far…
Helping the Homeless
This project is an ongoing link that BSG have been working with for the second year now. Currently we have students delivering food, toiletries, clothes and essentials to the homeless on a Monday morning before school. This project allows pupils to support others that need a little extra help. On a Saturday and Sunday, we have a dedicated team of staff that support the distribution of food, each day we go over 100 meals are given out.
“Every Monday morning before school starts, a group of students attend the Feeding the Homeless programme, who walk around Tianhe offering breakfasts and other necessities for the homeless. I was lucky enough to attend, and it was an extremely valuable experience. When we started our walk, I was staggered by the amount of people who were sleeping on the streets. We placed the breakfasts beside the sleeping people, as well as shampoos, toothbrushes, and clothes, that allowed them to get through their day. Some woke up, and the looks on their faces made it clear that they thought they were still dreaming! As we walked around, we felt extremely privileged; it was a truly humbling experience.”
Halloween Dress up and Movie Night
As a school this year both primary and secondary school took part in Halloween Dress up day with the young leaders advertising and collecting in the monies raised. The day finished off with a highly successful movie night seeing 80 secondary school students and 120 primary school students staying to watch scary movies. These events were run by the young leaders and really did a great job.
Supporting local Events
Our leaders are often asked to support local events to ensure that they are able to run effectively and to give their times to others, these have included British Day, Sports Events, Winter Festival, International Day and many more.
“Last Saturday, people came to Canton Place to celebrate British Day. As a partnership leader, I got to help out at the BSG stall along with other partnership leaders. We supervised games, painted faces, stuck tattoos and sold bubble wands. It was extremely fun and very satisfying to see all the money that we raised for hopeful hearts, the charity that all the proceeds of the day went to.”
Huiling Special Needs School
We have now made an effective partnership with a special needs school in Guangzhou and year 10 and 11 pupils are attending the school once a week to support the work that is being done at the school. Each week when we walk around the corner and can see the pupils poking their heads through the fences waiting for are arrival there is a positive feeling that shows what the young leaders are doing is making a difference to pupils that would not normally get this experience.
“The Year 10 and 11 students who chose PE leadership now have a chance to visit Huiling school - a special needs school that we could only visit a few times last year. Now, we are able to go every Wednesday, and be able to make more bonds with the students, and understand what they want. Last Wednesday, we went on the first visit, and brought some PE equipment as well as some musical instruments for them to play with. We spent an hour learning their names and playing various different games with them, and by the time the hour had finished, everyone had a smile on their faces.”
As one of our main charities Hopeful Hearts have supported student understanding by delivering assemblies across the school. We have also seen Harriett the Heart making a few appearances around school.
As part of UNICEF’s World Childers Day BSG Community Leaders will go to Guangzhou’s Children’s Hospital and entertain and support children that are in the process of having non-uniform day, it takes longer to learn the importance of where it goes.
Raising the profile of The Community Partnership
Name and Reclaim
The Community Leaders are about to launch a whole school drive to ensure that all pupils items that they bring to school are named. This will try to reduce the amount of lost property in school and the waste that we create. The pupils have planned and developed the best way to run this project out and you will hear about this very soon.