The children, staff, parents and carers of Charles Dickens Primary School came together last Friday to celebrate Unicef Day for Change and to raise money for children in danger throughout the world. Children donated money to wear blue clothing or their favourite sports kit to school. They took part in football and other sporting activities throughout the day, along with activities to raise awareness of Unicef’s commitment to protecting children and promoting their rights. After school, parents and carers helped children to sell cakes, books and toys to raise even more money for the charity. Finally a huge crowd of children, teachers, parents and carers descended on Mint Street park to watch the annual parents vs teachers football match. Despite a valiant effort by the parents team, for the first time in five years, the teachers actually won! A massive thank you to everyone who went out of their way to make the day such a success, and a huge thank you to Mr Vanson for organising the day so efficiently.
On Wednesday we had a visit from Rachel from the charity Fareshare. She explained how Fareshare collect supermarket surplus and then distribute it to local charities to provide meals for vulnerable people. Some children from year six will be involved in making bread and soup to sell in Borough market using our garden produce. Money raised will be donated to Fareshare. Also, look out for our reverse advent calendar where children will be encouraged to bring in dry food in cans or packets to donate to Fareshare.
You can find out more about Fareshare here
Last week we had a beautiful whole-school assembly to mark remembrance day. We were lucky to hear (and watch) poems read in French and English by children and teachers alike. We also observed a two minute silence and sung a wonderful song led by Ms Rhys-Evans.
On Tuesday, we had a great time stomping around our local area to raise money and awareness for the charity Health Poverty Action! Every pupil brought in £1 which will be used to support health related projects in less developed areas of the world – have a look at the photos ( a bit blurry but these stompers move fast!) for our stomping!
The School Stomp is a sponsored walk for the whole school to raise money for the world’s poorest children to give them the essential health care and futures they deserve.
On Friday, we held our first Unicef Day for Change. The School Council organised a series of fundraising activities including a Football match( parents versus teachers), a non uniform day and a ‘FAIR fair’ to help change children’s lives. Pupils joined thousands of schools across the country by taking part to raise money to help Unicef protect millions of vulnerable children around the world.
In 2015, Day for Change is all about protecting children in emergencies. Whenever or wherever disaster strikes, Unicef responds rapidly to deliver life-saving food, medicine and water so children in danger get the help they need.
As part of ‘Day for Change’, all the pupils learnt about the lives of children in countries hit by natural disasters such as The Philippines and that our role as responsible members of society is to help others less fortunate than ourselves