At Bickleigh Down C of E Primary School, we aim to be courageous with our charity work, we want to give our children the opportunity to lead fund raising for the charities that really matter to them. This work clearly links with our Christian vision of ‘spurring each other on with love’. We aim to support our children in spurring our local, national and global community on with love. Here are some examples of the work that we have been doing as a school:
Celebrating Harvest 2021
Our Harvest celebrations looked a little different this year. After finding out about the work of Karma Flights in worship last year, our Year 3 children decided that as Harvest is a time for giving, we should share what we have with others. In their RE lessons, they learnt about Jesus' teaching of 'freely you receive, so freely give' (Matthew 10:5-8). The children worked with staff in the year group to share with the rest of the school why they thought we should give to Karma Flights at Harvest time instead of bringing in tins and packages. The children organised our Harvest celebration worship with Mrs Conday and wrote letters to parents to explain their fund raising ideas. Children and staff came into school in mufti and brought in a £1 donation for Karma Flights. As a school, we sang some celebration Harvest songs and representatives from each class came to place the coins on the flags. At the end of worship, Year 3 counted up the donations. We are so proud of Year 3 for being courageous advocates and spurring the rest of the school into action. Well done children!
Year 3 have started worship this week by talking to us about the work of Karma Flights. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Kama Flights have been helping communities in Nepal by giving medical equipment and PPE to the people that need it most. Year 3 found out that Karma Flights now have low funding and are worried about how they will continue to support these communities. The children requested that our Harvest donation this year should be given to Karma Flights, they led worship today to share their fund raising ideas with the rest of the school. Later today, some of the children will be writing a letter to parents and carers to share their fund raising plans. We are really proud of Year 3 and how they are spurring the rest of our school family on towards love and good deeds.
Megan (2B) watched an advert for Water Aid some time ago and was upset to hear that people have to walk miles to collect water. In fact, 785 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home. Megan took action last July and made a collection pot to collect money to support the charity. After nearly a year of fundraising, she has made a very generous contribution to the charity. She even put in her own money from the tooth fairy! Megan has really shown courageous advocacy.
Christmas Jumper Day (2020)
We raised an amazing £230.00 in total for 'Save the Children' this year.
NSPCC (March 2020)
The NSPCC visited our school and delivered their Speak out Stay safe assembly to share information with the children about how they can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have any worries. We raised £365.40 in total which will support the NSPCC's work.
Year 3 learnt about the work of Toilet Twinning in their RE lessons. The children were so struck by the work of this charity that they asked Mr Hancock if they could change the way that we celebrate Harvest. A few weeks before Harvest, the children led worship to tell the rest of the school about the work of Toilet Twinning. They invited the children to bring a golden coin into school for harvest so that we could twin our school toilets with a toilet block in Africa. Two of the children in Year 3 wrote a letter to the parents explaining why our harvest celebrations would be different this year and why the work of the charity was important. On the day of our Harvest service, the children held a harvest singalong and encouraged the rest of the school to place their coin on the Toilet Twinning logo. The school raised £272.68, enough to twin our toilets with another school toilet block in Zambia. We now have a framed photograph of our twinned toilet block hanging outside our Key Stage Two toilets.
In the summer term, our Year 6 children found out about the work of Christian Aid and how they support mothers in crisis. The children were so shocked that woman were having to have their babies in danger because of the lack of hospital facilities that they decided to hold a biscuit sale on the field to raise funds for Christian Aid’s ‘Big Breakfast’. The children raised £103.30 which went straight to supporting the work of Christian Aid.
‘Christian Aid is a charity that helps people who are much less fortunate than us. Christian Aid does a variety of different things sch as building hospitals, helping people find jobs and teaching people new skills. It also helps people to find food and clean water. There are many upsetting things in this world such as people losing their babies and global poverty, Christian Aid aim to help people and stop this. We are donating to this charity because we want to help make the world a better place.’ – written by a Year 6 pupil.
Year 6 led worship to explain to the rest of the school why they were doing this and they helped Mrs Wilkinson to write a text to go out to parents to explain what they were raising money for. The children continued supporting this charity by choosing it as the charity that Key Stage Two would collect for at their Christmas Carol service. The children raised £275.
Donkey Sanctuary – Sidmouth
In the autumn term the children were visited by Rachael from the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. Racheal told the children about the real donkeys of Bethlehem and how they should be cared for. She also talked to the children about the work of the Donkey Sanctuary and how they help injured Donkeys. Key Stage One voted for this charity to receive the funds from their charity collection after their nativity performance. The children collected £275 to send to the Donkey Sanctuary.