Participating in fund raising for charities is an integral part of the Riverhead year. Pupils learn to take responsibility through the organisation of events to raise money for schools in the developing world. With the wider school community we take part in local and national fund raising events such as Macmillan Coffee Morning and Rememberance Day and the Poppy Appeal. The school community always respond generously to global disasters, instilling in the children responsibility for others and the importance of giving. Please click on the links below to view some of the thank you letters we have received.
ROAD SAFETY WEEK - SPEED DOWN SAVE LIVES!
Last week was national Road Safety Week. Each class discussed how to keep safe on the road especially during the winter months, by wearing bright clothes and keeping your eyes and ears open. Year Two children designed their own road safety posters, encouraging everyone to slow down and think about their speed.
Thank you to everyone who bought a poppy for this year’s Remembrance Day. Ms Bradley led our Remembrance Assembly this week talking to the children about Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. We also observed a minute silence at 11.00 and the Reception children have
made their own poppies at home which will be used on our history display.
LOAVES AND FISHES FOOD BANK
This year we also donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food bank which operates from St. John’s Church Hall. They are currently supporting 40 local families with young children by giving them a large bag of non-perishable food every week of the year. If you would like to find out more about this very worthwhile cause, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
Each Year the PTA organise our very successful MacMillan Coffee Mornings. It’s always a good excuse to get together for coffee and cake and this year we raised an amazing £643.80 for this worthwhile charity.
JEANS FOR GENES DAY
Thank you to everyone who supported the Jeans for Genes day. We raised an amazing £363. for this worthwhile cause. Please click on the following link to find out more about the charity http://jeansforgenesday.org/educationalresources.
WEAR PURPLE FOR SARAH DAY
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our special day which celebrated the life of our dear friend and colleague Sarah Reeves. Everyone looked magnificent in their purple and bright clothes and so far both schools have raised nearly £1,010 between them for The Hospice in the Weald. We are also participating in the “Herd of the Hospice” campaign which will raise awareness of this charitable organisation. Mrs Perry has been helping the children decorate our “foal” and the finished article will be displayed at the Summer Fair.
Jonathan Shea and Ryan Reeves (Sarah's Son) are organising a football tournament for Year One to Year Six children on Sunday 16th July. All the proceeds raised will go to Hospice in the Weald and for more information please contact email@example.com.
BRAKE ROAD SAFETY CHARITY
Thank you to all the children who have designed a poster for the Brake Road Safety Charity. The competition is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of speeding in our community. As a school we have discussed road safety with the children, talking about the Green Cross Code; dangers of fast traffic; and benefits of walking and cycling to school. Please can you reiterate this with your children at home.
Congratulations to Zeph Mangat who is now in Year Three at Amherst, for being the overall winner in the Brake’s road safety poster competition. He entered the competition when he was a Riverhead pupil in Year Two and was invited to join us for a special assembly as the worthy winner out of almost 1,000 entrants. His poster, which can be seen at the front of the school, will be used in this year’s campaign. Well done and congratulations to him for advertising this very important road safety message.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG!
It is wonderful to see the sun shining and our beautiful grounds bursting into life. Some of the children have been drawing and painting the cheerful daffodils dotted around the school, and you may have noticed our purple crocuses popping their heads through the soil at the front of the school. These were donated from Amherst Rotary Club as part of their campaign to end polio. The Club have been working hard to rid the world of polio for over 30 years, and have teamed up to RHS to donate five million bulbs to schools, clubs and charities to raise awareness of this debilitating disease. The colour of the crocuses represents the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised. Polio is close to becoming only the second human disease ever to be eradicated from the world and it costs just 40p to protect a child with a life changing vaccine. If you would like to donate or get more involved with this worthy cause, please contact Mel Ridout, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST KENT MIND
We supported West Kent Mind by raising money from our Nativity Performance collections. They wrote to thank the children for their amazing gift of £300 explaining that they are reliant on donations to enable them to continue to support anyone in our local community experiencing mental health problems. To find out more about the organisation visit www.westkentmind.org.uk.
SEVENOAKS PARTNESHIP FAMILY 5K RUN
Thank you to all our families who took part in, and supported the very successful big community event which has been organised in partnership with other local schools. There were runners, joggers and walkers some raising money for charities and some just going along for fun! Well done to everyone and thank you to George in Beetle Class who raised £30 for the school!
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE DISASTER FUND
We had a "Non Uniform" day which raised an amazing £577.00 for the Appeal.
Well done to Alannah in Class 8 and Saskia in Class 7 who were inspired by our fundraising efforts and thoughtfully collected another £8.30 and £18.72 respectively for Nepal and our Umoyo charity.
We collected £275 for Action Duchenne last year at our Christmas Productions. The charity are committed to funding research into the disease so that viable treatment can be found to prolong the lives of young people affected by Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy.
If you would like any further information on Community Fundraising or the work of Action Duchenne please visit www.actionduchenne.org.
RIVERHEAD REMEMBERS - REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014
Thank you to Bessels Green Baptist Church who led our Remembrance Assembly this year, talking to the children about the meaning of Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. As this is such a memorable year, and to mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, we have made our own Poppy Memorial Wall. Thank you to all the children and parents who have contributed to what really is a lovely tribute. Mrs Powell also visited The Riverhead War Memorial with our School Council children whilst we held our own “minute silence”, giving us all time to also remember the people who are still fighting for peace today. This year we raised over £60. for this very worthwhile charity.
VILLAGE EDUCATION PROJECT, KILIMANJARO.
EDUCATION IS LIFE!
Jane Firth has been connected with Riverhead for a numbers of years in her capacity as the KCC Numeracy and Literacy teacher for Parent Courses, which have been very informative for our Parents who wish to know more about how their children are taught these subjects in school. She also has a strong connection with a charity in Tanzania which she visits regularly, to support children in schools in the Kilimanjaro region. As a school we often send donated books and resources to the charity and if you would like to find out more please visit www.kiliproject.org or click on the link below for their latest Newsletter.
Our Year 2 School Council members represented the school recently when they joined other pupils in the area, at Knole Academy, together with members of the Amherst Rotary Club to present the money raised for Project Haiya. Principal Guests were The Consul General Mr Senen Mangalile, First Secretary and Consul Miss Emma Sarne of the Embassy of the Philippines and Miss Clare Alder, Ambassador for World Vision. Through everyone’s efforts a total of over £6,000 was raised to help young people and adults facing traumatic conditions as a result of the cyclone which hit in October 2013.
FURNITURE APPEAL FOR GHANA
Last year we donated some of our classroom furniture to a new secondary school in Ghana. For the past five years the Ghana Education Project has been building a new secondary school for girls in a deprived area of Northern Ghana, offering free education to over 300 Ghanaian girls. We were fortunate to be able to donate some of our overhead projectors, which we no longer use, for IT purposes.
Please visit www.ghanaeducationproject.org.uk for more information about the charity.