Follow our Festive Winter Gift Programme
Across the country our pupils and staff are stepping up their efforts to support the most vulnerable people in our communities as we embark upon our annual Festive Winter Gift Programme.
All 28 Star schools are taking part in a multitude of community engagement, fundraising and volunteering activities that will touch the lives of hundreds of people this winter. Throughout the campaign, we are supporting those in our communities – young and old – who are unwell, elderly or living in care, and those experiencing homelessness, loneliness or food poverty.
The programme links to each of our STAR values – Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect – and offers our pupils a valuable learning opportunity by experiencing first-hand the positive impact of helping those less fortunate.
Read a round-up of the heart-warming activities taking place in our communities in the table below. Follow our Twitter account for updates and photos of our activities throughout the campaign.
Staff at the Central Office have been raising funds for Community Spirit in Blackburn after hearing about the vital work they carry out in the town. Funds donated at the ‘Bake Off’ will supply breakfast packs, which will provide a morning meal for the homeless people supported by Community Spirit.
|Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School, Blackburn||
Pupils are taking part in a number of fundraising activities and donating gifts, food and toiletries to a number of local charities. Each year group is supporting a different charity or community organisation, including Blackburn Foodbank, Community Spirit, Blackburn Hospital, Springfield Care Home, Nightsafe and The Wish Centre.
|Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School, Blackburn||
Year 10 pupils are co-ordinating the school’s fundraising efforts, which will include a sports competition, cake sale and charity auction to support Age UK, Nightsafe, YMCA and Spinneyside. Pupils will also be inviting local residents and businesses into the school for a winter meal.
|The Olive School, Blackburn||
Pupils and staff from the school will be visiting Blackburn Hospital and Springfield Care Home to deliver gifts. They will also be supporting a local soup kitchen.
|Bay Leadership Academy||
Pupils across the school are participating in a wide range of activities and events to raise funds and donations for local charities and to spread festive cheer in the community. The activities will range from design and art competitions food and clothing donations and Christmas show. Recipients include St John’s Hospice and Westend food bank.
|Highfield Leadership Academy||
Pupils across the school are participating in a wide range of activities and events to raise funds and donations for local charities and to spread festive cheer in the community. The activities will range from a sponsored Elf Run to carol signing, with recipients including Trinity Hospice, the South Shore Community Partnership, a local women’s refuge and Victoria Hospital.
|The Olive School, Preston||
Pupils and staff will be collecting and donating winter gift boxes to elderly residents in local care homes and children in hospital. They will also be donating food gift boxes to the local food bank.
|Eden Boys’ School, Preston||
This year’s focus will be on collecting donations to make winter gift boxes, which pupils will deliver to children who are spending the festive period in Royal Preston Hospital.
|The Valley Leadership Academy||
The school’s activities will include donating winter clothing to a local homeless charity, holding events to raise money for Rossendale Hospice, making cards for residents of local care homes and taking part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.
|Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Manchester||Pupils will co-ordinate their efforts by each year group donating a different type of food or toy, which will then be packed into gift boxes. They will be working with a local church who will distribute the gift boxes to families and children in the local community.|
|Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Manchester||
This year’s focus will be on collecting donations to make shoe box gifts for homeless people, the campaign will support Marcus Rasford’s In the Box appeal in partnership with Selfridges.
|The Olive School, Bolton||
Pupils, parents and staff will be donating gifts, toiletry items, sweets and chocolates, which the Pupil Council will pack into hampers. The gifts will be distributed to charities, local care homes and community groups, and the emergency services. Recipients will include patients staying in the dementia ward and children’s ward at Bolton Hospital, Bolton Hospice and staff from the NHS, police and fire service.
|Eden Boys’ School, Bolton||
Pupils, parents and staff will be donating luxury gifts to create hampers for donation to St George’s Day Centre in Bolton, which is a local mental health support centre.
|Laisterdyke Leadership Academy||
Pupils and staff will participate in a shoe box appeal to support Bradford Cathedral and Bradford Cinderella Club. Pupils will also be taking part in a Festive Jumper Day.
|High Crags Primary Leadership Academy||
This year’s activities will support Bradford North Foodbank, Hallcroft care home, homeless charity Centrepoint and The Cellar Trust, a local mental health support system.
|Barkerend Primary Leadership Academy||
Each week pupils and staff are visiting residents of a local care home to offer friendship and support. Pupils read to residents, play games with them and sing. They will also be collecting donations to buy small gifts and games for the residents.
|Tong Leadership Academy||
Pupils and staff will donate and collect books, toys and other gifts for Christmas hampers which will be distributed to Buttercup Children’s Trust and participate in a winter jumper or non-uniform day and donate for charity.
|Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Bradford||Pupils and staff are visiting residents of a local care home to offer friendship and support as well as linking with a local homelessness charity, In Touch, to create care boxes and serve food in a soup kitchen.|
|Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy||
Pupils and staff are visiting residents of a local care home to sing and play songs, hand made gifts made by the pupils will also be taken. Fundraising and donations of gifts will also be collected to support Save the Children, Bradford Hospital, the Salvation Army and local children services.
|Eden Girls’ School, Coventry||
Pupils in Years 7 to 9 will be donating gift hampers to the Children’s Ward at University Hospital, Coventry and Pupils in Years 10 and 11 will be preparing gift hampers for two local care homes.
|Eden Boys’ School, Birmingham||
Pupils and staff will participate in a variety of activities to raise funds and gifts for local care homes, homeless charities, a local food bank and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Local residents and businesses will be invited to the school for a festive lunch.
|The Olive School, Birmingham||
Pupils and staff from across the school will participate in a number of activities including donating winter coats and participating in Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day.
|Small Heath Leadership Academy||
Pupils and staff will donate and collect food and toys for Christmas hampers which will be distributed in partnership with Birmingham City Mission Foodbank to those in need. Year 7 and 8 pupils will host a Christmas Fayre to raise funds for charity. The pupils will also be participating in Christmas Jumper Day.
|Eden Boys’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham East||
Pupils and staff will participate in a variety of activities to raise funds and gifts for local care homes, homeless charities, Birmingham Settlement and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. They will also collect fund for a local food bank and invite local residents and businesses to the school for a festive lunch.
|Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham||
Pupils and staff will be donating gifts to Bromford Lane Care Centre where they will also be volunteering. Two large hampers will be donated to the care centre and residents will be invited to a High Tea at the school.
|The Olive School, Small Heath||
Pupils and staff will donate and collect gifts for Birmingham Children’s hospital and a local care home, which pupils will deliver. The school’s Drama Club will be putting on a play for parents to raise funds for a local homeless charity. Residents of the Evergreen care home will also be invited to the school to watch the play and enjoy some festive snacks and drinks.
|Eden Girls’ School, Slough||
Each form group will donate and collect gifts to create hampers, which will be delivered to a local charity.
|The Olive School, Hackney||
Pupils and staff will be collecting and donating food items to support a local food bank and participating in a shoe box appeal for local children in care. They will also hold a bake sale and non-uniform day to raise funds for St Joseph’s Hospice.
|Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest||
Pupils in Years 7 to 8 will be collecting and donating brand-new toy gifts for babies and children who benefit from a local Baby Bank and Pupils in Years 9 and 11 will be collecting and donating clothes, food and toiletries for Crisis UK.
Added By: Star Academies | Date Added: 29th Nov 2019 | Posted In: Latest News