Charities We Support
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.
Charity "Thank You" Letters
It was lovey to have so many people wanting to support the British Legion’s annual poppy appeal and to see the children wearing their poppies with pride. Some of our staff wore poppies that were knitted by local Riverhead residents and we were extremely grateful to Mrs Bates from our Midday Supervision Team for bringing these into school and offering us the opportunity to purchase them.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Thank you to the PTA and everyone who organised and supported the Macmillan Coffee Morning. Not only does this important event raise money for a very worthwhile charity, but it gives us all a chance to socialise with friends. We raised an amazing £553.30!
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September was Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and we were very proud to be able to support the charity by wearing our bright and gold clothes to school! Everyone looked amazing and we raised a fantastic £282 so far, for this worthwhile cause. For more information on Solving Kids' Cancer please visit their web site.
Staff Purple Day
Every year we dress up in purple and bright clothes for a day in June. This is to celebrate the lives of our dearly loved and sadly missed friends and colleagues, Sarah Reeves, Nikki Price, Sarah Ford and Lisa Brown, and matches their bright and sunny personalities! This year we decided to keep it to staff only as everyone has been so busy with other events and the money raised was given to The Cystic Fibrosis charity
Seeds of Hope
Mrs. Bates, Zach's Grandma, sold "Seeds of Hope" in aid of the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. With our support she raised a total of £130.15 for this worthy cause.
The Big Clean Up Weekend
Well done to everyone who took part in the Big Clean Up Weekend. The "Spring Clean" helped improve our local environment and involved local community groups and churches. We are very proud of our children who took part and hope they liked their prizes!
We raised £540 the Red Cross and the children in the Ukraine, and a huge "thank you" went to Ms. Ramu as her company matched our total.
Well done also went to the Keane Family who raised £180.20 by making and selling cupcakes for Ukraine.
The whole school took part in the Porchlight "Heroes Against Homelessness" assembly. Thank you to all the children for your amazing masks and for your donations to this worthwhile local charity. We raised over £250 which is fantastic! The assembly helped raised the awareness of homelessness and carried the important message about caring for others in our community.
Jeans for Genes Day
Well done to all our children for wearing their jeans to school in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital's "Jeans for Genes" day. We raised a total of £312. for this worthwhile cause.
Charities We Support
We are so grateful for everyone's generosity and support for our charities.
On our “inside out” day we raised £227.50 for Children’s Mental Health Week. The idea for the day was to make people stop and consider that others may look O.K. on the outside but could be feeling really upset inside.
The Porch Light Charity, which helps homeless people in the local area, spoke to the children recently about being “superhereos” and how it is everyone’s responsibility to tackle homelessness. Thank you to everyone for the amazing hero masks. Our children really are “superheros” as together we have raised £242.50 for this worthwhile charity.
We had a lovely letter from The Royal British Legion thanking us for raising £187.43. Donating to the Poppy Appeal supports the armed forces community past and present.
Each Friday afternoon Mrs Buisson and Luna join us in school and some of our children have an opportunity to read to them in the library. Luna is accredited through Pets for Therapy, is fully insured and has experience of working in schools. We are very grateful to Mrs. Buisson and Luna for their support of the school and the time they give to us. The following link may be of interest and do contact the school if you need further information http://petsastherapy.org.
NSPCC Speak Out, Stay Safe
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/
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.