Nurses for Nepal
In February, Gill Hipwell from the Diocese of Norwich led an assembly to inform the students about the Nurses for Nepal appeal for lent. Students learnt many facts about the health situation in Nepal. For example, Nepal hospitals have slowly developed with time. There are trained doctors, nurses and hospital staffs. There are many medical schools and colleges in Nepal. The future is therefore full of promise but without funding, it is going to take a very long time to improve the conditions to the rural poor in particular.
One particular form, 10Wt were inspired to raise some money, especially when they found out that it costs only £3,000 to fully train a nurse. Currently, for every ten thousand people, there are fewer than 5 hospital beds and just 2 doctors and 2 professional nurses. Students in 10 Wt were also touched by the fact that in Nepal, one in six women die in childbirth and it sometimes take up to eight hours to get to a medical centre.
They wanted to help. So, they started off by selling chocolates and biscuits and then decided to do a teachers’ car wash for £5 each car. Some people sold cakes, others sold sweets and some people shook buckets at parents’ evenings. All the classes were also provided with money collection boxes.
Together, they have raised £462 to help improve the health system in Nepal.
To Kenya With Love
To Kenya with Love is a registered charity sponsoring children in Kenya, Africa, providing a child with education they would not be able to afford; thus giving them a good chance of employment and breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence.
250 children are currently sponsored through the charity, in the city of Kisumu and its wider rural area. To Kenya With Love support children in buying school uniform, shoes, school books, school equipment and paying various school fees and other expenses. A sponsored child would also receive free treatment in case they are unwell. Each sponsored child also gets a nourishing meal each day, which can be the only meal the children have during the day.
For a long time, the school had wanted to support less privileged students living in a poorer country; so when the school heard about To Kenya With Love, we had to help. Through a non-school uniform day, the school raised over £500, thus enabling two 13 year old students to attend school for a whole year. Teresa and Eric are working hard and achieving above average academically. We just received a copy of their end of term reports and two ‘thank you’ letters they have addressed to the students. You can click on the link to see the letters from Teresa and Eric.
In addition to sponsoring Teresa and Eric, some students in 8Pc and 8Bl wanted to help further. Through a donation of £1 a month, they are able to sponsor a third child called Cynthia who is now 11 years old. Cynthia has recently lost her father; she lives with her mother and two other children on the Manyatta estate in Kisumu. Through her excellent results at primary school, and thanks to our sponsorship, she is now able to attend a very good private school and reach her full potential. We have also just received a copy of her end of term report and her picture.
We hope that our students will continue to be so generous so that we can support more and more children who need us…
Year 8 event for Comic Relief
As comic relief approached, the year 8 children wished to do something to help raise money. Inspired by so many acts of courage that numerous celebrities show, the children wished to do something out of the ordinary, that was both challenging and fun at the same time. 8Cg were in discussion over a number of form times, but eventually came up with the idea of a three-legged race! Sponsorship forms were dealt out and the year 8 pupils were introduced to the rules of the race. Pupils were allowed to chose either a partner or two people to be tied to. The course was set around four hockey goals, involving numerous turns and a slight up and down hill stage! Miss Cadge and Miss Picinic were to be tied together and took the competitive spirit, wanting to attempt to complete the most amount of laps around the course!
On the 18th March, the whole of year 8 morphed into either three or four-legged creatures for the afternoon! The race began, and it soon became clear that the four-legged option was by far the hardest. It was also clear to see that Kyle Dann and Josh Bailey were serious contenders for the title! After numerous tumbles and rolls, a solid twenty minutes of racing was completed. Sure enough Kyle and Josh managed to continue with their great start, an clocked up an admirable seven laps around the track, therefore winning the competition. The pupils then wished to have a go at a girls versus boys relay race! Of course the girls were confident to take the challenge, however faced narrow defeat on the day.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff that helped make the afternoon possible, and congratulations to year 8 for raising £407 Special mention must go to Emma Taylor, who single-handedly raised £100 towards the total amount!