We end last term on a high having raised just under £700 for the festive non-uniform day in aid of the Save the Children fund – it also made for a very colourful last day!
This term our focus has switch to a local charity that plays a very important part in our community- St Catherine’s Hospice. Once again we are entering a team into their 50 challenge event. As some parents will recall we pariticipated in this enterprise competition for the first time last year. The challenge is set for a team of 6 students to turn a £50 stake given to them by the sponsors NatWest into a minimum of £1500 ‘profit’ that will be donated to St Catherine’s. Last year the team raised just under £1800.
The team this year is made up of 6 Y9 students – Mya Bambrick, Cassie Girling, Katy Martin, Jennifer Oldfield, Enticha Puvaneswaran and Charlie Watts: they do however have a lot of support from the rest of the fundraising group in the college.
They have started with the things that worked last year – cake stalls every Friday and so far this has raised already after 3 weeks a reasonable sum of money.
Mr Hawker has also kindly been running his Friday 5 aside soccer tournament and the proceeds are being donated to the 50 Challenge.
They have also asked staff and pupils to ‘crowd fund’ their activities and take a not for profit share in their enterprises. Their funding will be used to buy any resources needed to make money e.g. roses for the upcoming Valentine’s stalls.
We are also going to do a coin collection drive with Y7s to see how many coins they can get into the small collection boxes we give them – get ready to give up your loose change for a good cause!
There are lots of other activities in the pipe line as the completion runs until May.
One of the rules is that we are not allowed to announce how much we have raised until the awards night that will be held at the Holiday Inn Gatwick in May: at last year’s event our team walked off with the prize for the most inventive and original presentation to the judges.
We hope that we can repeat both our successes from last year – raising an even higher amount for St Catherine’s and securing one if not two of the prizes at the awards evening. We will keep you up to date on our progress in next term’s newsletter.
As a college we will also be selling merchandise for Comic Relief on the 24th of March – so watch out watch out there are going to be a lot of red noses about!
Ms Lawless and The Fundraising Group