It was also at this time that Eleanora in Year 6 took part in the prestigious Shetland Pony Race at Olympia International Horse Show in support of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust. She raised £2,903, which was fantastic achievement.
In November, with our Remembrance Day service, we continued to support the British Legion. Later in the month, in support of Children in Need, we had a ‘Wear your House Colours’ day which raised £488.
Other initiatives involved the Art Department, who donated over £200 worth of oil paints for the local Gloucestershire charity ‘Art Shape’. They run art courses and projects with a specific focus on disability issues and social inclusion. In support of SOS Kit Aid, Jackie Abendanon organised a large donation of Old Beaudesertian sports kit, who, with the support of World Rugby, distributes second-hand and new rugby kits to disadvantaged youngsters all over the world.
Through our annual Christmas Jumper Day, in December, we ran a jumper swap scheme, which raised £154 for the charity ‘Final Straw’. They work with businesses and communities to improve ocean health. Our annual Santa Fun Run was another great success, and through the support of so many families, we raised £371 for the care hospice Horsfall House. Finally in the last week of term, children in Year 4 supported the festive initiative by Gloucestershire Bundles by collecting numerous boxes of toys and gifts. This charity does some amazing work in providing emergency packs of toiletries, clothing and equipment to pregnant women and families in Gloucestershire.
In the Spring Term, we once again held a ‘Dress to Impress’ whole school non-uniform day, in support of the mental health charity Places2be. A group of Year 7 girls also hosted a cake sale where they raised £200. The money they collected went to Kids on Track, a charity that provides activity camps for children in the school holidays.