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.
LOAVES AND FISHES FOOD BANK
Riverhead Infants’ School is a very caring community. Parents and staff give generously to so many good causes, helping and supporting each other in times of need. This was particularly apparent from the amazing donations to the “Loaves and Fishes” project. We filled two trolley loads on the first and second weeks and collect food every Tuesday for local families in need.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
It has been lovely to see so many local communities taking part in the centenary of the Armistice. Everyone’s displays have looked wonderful and lots of our parents have been knitting poppies for the Sevenoaks Town Council and the Riverhead Council. Of course, you could not miss our amazing display of poppies which were “planted” outside the school. Mrs Cherry co-ordinated the project for us and all the children took part in making and decorating them with the help of our parent volunteers. Everyone was given the opportunity to remember someone by adding their name to a special label which were tied to the poppies.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our “Wear What you Want Day” to raise money for the children affected by the Indonesia Tsunami. We raised an amazing £260!
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
Thank you everyone who held a MacMillan Coffee Morning, thiss sociable event raised £905 for the worthwhile charity.
JEANS FOR GENES DAY
Thank you to everyone for supporting this year’s Jeans for Genes Day. The whole school came together to raise money for disabled children with genetic disorders and help change their lives for the better. We raised over £250. Well done everyone!
COLLECTING FOR MIND
Everyone joined us in celebrating the life of our dear friend and colleague Mrs. Price by wearing something bright to school. Mrs Price was always a bright and happy person and is missed very much by us all. We raised £365.84 in memory of Mrs Price for MIND, a charity that she supported and was close to her heart. To find out more about the charity please visit https://westkentmind.org.uk.
NSPCC SPEAK OUT, STAY SAFE
The Year One and Two children attended an assembly with their teachers to learn how to stay safe. With the help of the NSPCC mascot Buddy, they were given the knowledge and understanding they need to recognise the trusted adults they can turn to about any problems or worries they have. To find out more about work that the NSPCC does, please visit their web site nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/
HELPING HOSPICE IN THE WEALD
Some of you may remember our dear friend and colleague Sarah Reeves. The staff decided to wear purple (Sarah’s favourite colour) and have a cake sale in memory of her recently. We are pleased to let you know that we raised £75 which will go to Hospice in the Weald. For information on this worthwhile charity, please visit https://www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk/.
KNIT ONE, PURL ONE
Sevenoaks Town Council asked local residents to knit red poppies to adorn the Vine Gardens in town. The poppies were used to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918. Thank you to everyone who got their knitting needles out to support this worthwhile event.
We would like to thank everyone for your generous donations to the worthwhile local charity, Porchlight. Porchlight helps vulnerable and homeless people in Kent. They work with 5,000 people a year providing help and advice as well as funding hostels in our local area. We raised over £385 for them during our Friendship Week, by filling our "houses" with spare change. To find out more about the charity please click on the following www.porchlight.org.uk.
ROAD SAFETY WEEK - SPEED DOWN SAVE LIVES!
During 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.
LOAVES AND FISHES FOOD BANK
We 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.
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 also participated in the “Herd of the Hospice” campaign which raises awareness of this charitable organisation. Mrs Perry helped the children decorate our “foal” and the finished article was displayed at the Summer Fair.
Jonathan Shea and Ryan Reeves (Sarah's Son) also organised a football tournament for Year One to Year Six children, with all the proceeds going to Hospice in the Weald.
BRAKE ROAD SAFETY CHARITY
Thank you to all the children who have designed a poster for the Brake Road Safety Charity. The competition was 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 drew and painted cheerful daffodils, and you may notice 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, email@example.com.
SEVENOAKS PARTNESHIP FAMILY 5K RUN
Thank you to all our families who took part in, and supported the very successful big community event which was 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.
Alannah and Saskia, who are now at Amherst School, 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.
VILLAGE EDUCATION PROJECT, KILIMANJARO.
EDUCATION IS LIFE!
Jane Firth, who used to rung our KCC numeracy and literacy parent courses 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 have sent 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.
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
We donated some of our classroom furniture to a new secondary school in Ghana. The Ghana Education Project have 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.