Our students never fail to surprise us with their compassion and generosity towards charitable causes. Throughout the school year, there have been several whole school fundraising activities which must be mentioned:
Jeans for Genes day : On Friday 18th September, pupils and staff came to school dressed in their jeans to raise money for the care and support of children and their families affected by genetic disorders. Jeans for Genes day has been running for 20 years but this is the first year that St Joseph’s has taken part. We raised a massive £360 thanks to the school community’s generosity
MacMillan coffee morning: On Friday 25th September, pupils and staff indulged in lots of tasty home baked goods, with a total of £300 being raised to help the MacMillan team continue to do such an important job of providing support for people dealing with cancer.
Fair trade Committee: The Fair trade committee is back up and running, with pupils working to raise awareness of the importance of Fair trade and also continuing to sell Fair trade products in school. The group has welcomed many new members this year and hopes to achieve a Fair achiever award for the school this year.
Operation Christmas Child: Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project. Mrs Prior encourages pupils every year to think about needy children around the world and support the Samaritan’s purse appeal. They are asked to fill a shoebox with gifts to allow children to experience some joy at Christmas.
Mrs Prior was overjoyed with the generosity of our pupils in donating enough goods to fill 47 shoeboxes
Francis House Day: This year the Francis House voted and decided that for our House Day we would fundraise for Cancer Research UK; due to it sadly affecting so many people across the world. All students got involved in running different stall and activities over the break and lunchtime. These included: cake sales, beat the keeper, face painting, nail painting, arm wrestling, sponge the teacher (or Zack!), dizzy football, along with others. It was a fantastic day with the Francis students raising a whooping £289.00!
Well done to all students involved – roll on 2017 Francis Day!
Margaret House Day: An amazing £250 was raised by Margaret House through a variety of activities held on Margaret House Day. All money raised was donated to Trussell Trust to provide food and resources for local families during the Christmas period.
Francis House adopting horses with RDA: This year Francis House have re-adopted 5 Horses at the Riding for the Disabled Riding Centre in Wilton. The Wilton RDA is part of a UK based charity, which focuses on providing horse-riding and carriage driving lessons to people with both developmental and physical disabilities On the 9th February, we took 15 Francis students down to the RDA Centre to present the cheque along with meeting the adopted horses and the RDA staff. It was a great experience for our students to see first- hand where the money they fundraised goes to.
The Horses which we have adopted are:
Form 7F = Binky
Form 8F = Spangles
Form 9F = Mr Blue
Form 10F = Chamois
Form 11F = Abraham
As well as all of the school wide charity work that happens, it is important to celebrate the work of individual students, both in the school and in the wider community:
Nahtanha Wright: Nahtanha has raised awareness of the need for aid in Syria by promoting the Salisbury to Syria Aid convoy. She has encouraged pupils to donate old clothing and money to fund the containers making their way to Syria. The response to the appeal has been overwhelming, with Mr Rooney’s office being swamped with bags of clothing. Nathantha is continuing this appeal over thenext few months, with many fundraisers in the pipeline to help contribute to the £3000 required to send a container from Salisbury to Syria.
Eliman Jeng, Aisha Jeng, Alice Mc Gonigle and Helen Blake volunteer at Riding for the Disabled Association at weekends, helping disabled people enjoy horse riding lessons and taking care of the horses.
Kirstie Stage is helping to raise funds for the Rainbow Animal Sanctuary with a charity sale. She is also part of the Third Hour Mission Team, which aims to provide confirmation retreats for young people and allow them to reflect on how they can experience a life with God.
Alisha Skye Barrett held a party and sold flowers to raise money for sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis and Cancer Research. She also held a cake sale at school to raise money for sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis.
Liam Mc Loughlin has been giving up his spare time to volunteer to work in the Trussell Trust shop.The Trussell trust uses all funds raised to help people in the UK facing crisis by providing emeergency food supplies and support.
Peter Brookbank supported Figsbury Scout group by participating in a bag pack at Tesco
Jack Travers supported CLIC Sargeant with his scouts group by helping to run an event at a flight fun day.
Mia Bradley supported Stars Appeal by completing a sponsored 10 mile walk. William Vaudrey also supported Stars Appeal by running a stall selling food.
Olivia Webling and Keerthi Gowada both supported Stars Appeal with yard sales
Vincent Gurd raised money for Cancer research with a yard sale
Vincent Brain held a cake and sweet sale in aid of Naomi house
Shannon Sanderson and Ellie Coombes helped raise funds for Brown Bears Nursery and St Martin’s junior school by holding cake sales.
Liam Yates supported Children in Need by completing a sponsored 5 mile run
Amy Clark supported Dog’s Trust by donating food and toys for the dogs.
Harry Mustard supported Help for Heroes by giving up his spare time to participate in a bag pack.
Darci Mc Houl supported Army Cadets by helping with a bucket collection.
Josh Connolly and Ed Nash helped to support Salisbury City Youth by collecting money to support the club