Pupils pulled together to help their communities during the festive season
Pupils at Star Academies’ schools took part in planning and participating in a range of charitable and volunteering opportunities to support the most vulnerable people in our communities during its annual Festive Winter Gift Programme.
A number of charities received donations and gifts to distribute to people in need and those who deserve our thanks, including sick children, the homeless, those with life limiting illnesses, care home residents, families in food poverty and emergency services and healthcare professionals.,
At Star Academies we pride ourselves on making a positive difference to society, as our schools are a key part of their community and we are committed to playing an active role and helping others. The Festive Winter Gift Programme links to each of our STAR values – Service, Teamwork, Ambition and Respect – and offers our pupils a valuable learning opportunity, as well as benefitting some of the most vulnerable people in our schools’ communities.
To spread festive cheer and partake in good deeds, activities across all of Trust’s 24 schools organised by pupils, parents and staff included:
- Community parties
- Singing in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, hospices and care homes
- Filling hampers and shoeboxes with food, toiletries, toys, gifts and treats for charities including Blackburn Nightsafe, St John’s Hospice, The Salvation Army, Bradford Nightstop, Thames Hospice, Whipps Cross Hospital, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Age Concern, St Basils, Narthex Sparkhill, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital among others
- Donating winter clothing
- Spending a night sleeping outside as a way to experience and empathise with homelessness.
As well as helping vulnerable people this winter, these charitable activities have enabled pupils to experience first-hand the positive impact of helping those less fortunate and developing valuable leadership and planning skills.
Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said: “Our schools aim to foster in our pupils a real need to take a lead in helping those less fortunate than ourselves. It has been heart-warming to see how much our pupils have embraced a commitment through the Festive Winter Gift Programme to help others in their communities. We hope it is something they will continue to do through the rest of their lives.
“We are extremely proud of them all and the huge difference they have made during what can be a difficult and lonely time of year for some people. A big thank you not just to pupils but also their parents and our staff for making this year’s Festive Winter Gift Programme a resounding success.”
Added By: Star Academies | Date Added: 11th Jan 2019 | Posted In: Latest News