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
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.
In Term Two the children learnt the meaning of Armistice Day and why we think about others who have fought to protect our rights and keep us safe. Each class made their own poppies for Remembrance which adorned the hall. Thank you to Miss Wickwar for leading these projects. We also sold poppies on behalf of the British Legion and raised £224. for this worthwhile cause.
Macmillan Coffee Morning and Cake Sale
Thank you to Grasshopper Class for organising the Macmillan cake sale and also to everyone who donated, bought cakes, and held class coffee mornings for this very important charity. We raised a total of £653.40.
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.
Wear Something Purple Day
We had our annual ‘Wear Something Purple’ day in Term Six. Thank you to everyone for participating in this charitable event when we remember our dear colleagues who are sadly no longer with us. It was so lovely seeing the children wearing their bright clothes to raise money for Cancer Research. We raised an amazing £432.
Silver Sunday Project
We were delighted to be asked by Sevenoaks District Council to take part in their Silver Sunday project. The event, which took place on the 4th October, was an incentive to come together to celebrate our older generation, raising awareness of the challenges they face around social isolation and loneliness particularly during COVID. Celebratory packs included an activity book, exercise tips, community safety merchandise and cards made by the children. The cards were brightly decorated and everyone wrote their own kind message.
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.