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.
As part of Remembrance, each child made a commemorative poppy by decorating the bottom of a plastic bottle or card with paint and wool. They looked really effective! Miss Wickwar lead this project and we all respectfully observed during our assembly.
Thank you so much to everyone who donated to this year's Harvest Festival. We were once again overwhelmed by your generosity and the Food Bank were delighted at the two car loads of food etc. that were delivered. Our Harvest was different this year, however the children still celebrated the Festival in the classrooms by discussing the meaning of harvest and enjoying harvest songs together.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
It was a shame that we couldn't enjoy getting together for our annual Macmillan Coffee
Morning this year, but we would like to thank everyone who donated to this worthwhile charity. We raised an amazing £200 without a single cake being eaten or sold - except for a few eaten in the staffroom!
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.
Jeans for Genes Day
Jeans for Genes, is a charity which raises money for disabled children with genetic disorders and one that we regularly support. This year the whole school raised an amazing £375. Well done everyone.
PURPLE DAY FOR LIAM
We have always prided ourselves on being a caring and giving community at Riverhead and we were not disappointed when we held this year’s Purple Day for Liam who will be starting with us in September 2020. As a staff we have a day each year when we remember two of our dear colleagues, Sarah Reeves and Nikki Price, by wearing purple and bright colours. The money we raise goes to a cancer charity and MIND. This year we decided to invite everyone to join in to raise money for Liam who has high-risk neuroblastma, an aggressive childhood cancer. His family are raising money to receive a clinical trial in New York that aims to stop his neuroblastoma from coming back. We raised £835 on the day and know that a lot of parents donated online, along with other local schools. Liam’s parents emailed to say “Thank you so much for all that you have done. We are overwhelmed with all your kindness and support. We are so appreciative for your help in raising a lot of money in such a short time during Covid-19. Liam can't wait to go back to School!”
THE AIR AMBULANCE
Well done to Joshua B in Beech Class who is collecting used crisp packets for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Joshua is very proud in not only helping the environment, but also by fundraising for this essential service.
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.
WEST KENT MIND
We are all taught that we need to stay healthy, exercise, eat well, get plenty of sleep etc., but when it comes to mental health we tend to pretend that everything is fine and brush any issues under the carpet! So, we are very pleased to work closely with West Kent Mind to further develop our capacity to support our school community. We held a workshop here for our teachers and some from other schools, which provided training on how to recognise mental health needs in children and how we can support families in school. Our T.A’s and Admin staff also attended training to help gain a greater understanding of children’s mental health needs. We were also very pleased to welcome so many parents and governors to our Mental Health Awareness event recently and feedback was very positive. Ms Bradley and Mrs Bligh are both mental health first aiders and we encourage parents to speak to us or contact West Kent Mind, 01732 744950, westkentmind.org.uk.
The following links may also be of interest:-
READ 2 DOGS
Some of you may already know about Read 2 Dogs. 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.
BRAKE ROAD SAFETY WEEK
During our Road Safety Week, the whole school learnt about road safety. The children took part in a range of activities including making posters, watching safety videos and role play.
Miss Wickwar led our Remembrance Assembly explaining to the children about why we remember the men and women of the armed services in history and present day, and why we have a minute silence. Thank you to
everyone who bought a poppy again this year.
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.
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/
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.
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.